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Baby surrendered under Daniels Law at Trident Medical

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCBD) - An infant surrendered at Trident Medical Center is now in the custody of the South Carolina Department of Social Services.

According to a news release, the baby boy was left under the protection of medical professionals on Saturday, shortly after he was born.

DSS says the child falls under the jurisdiction of the Safe Haven for Abandoned Babies Act, also known as "Daniel's Law."

The law allows mothers to surrender babies at designated locations, within 60 days of birth, without fear of prosecution for abandonment.  Hospitals, fire stations, law enforcement agencies, and places of worship are all considered safe havens, as long as the mother leaves the baby unharmed with an employee or staff member.

 Following Saturday's abandonment, a permanency planning hearing will be held at the Charleston County Family Court on October 25 at 9 a.m. Any person wishing to assert parental rights regarding the infant must do so at this hearing. 

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