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"Nebraska officials said they're concerned about an apparent rush by parents to drop their teenage children off at hospitals before lawmakers change the state's troubled "safe haven" law."
"Nebraska was the last state in the country to pass such a law. But every other state included an age limit."
"Of the 34 children who have been dropped off at hospitals, officials said not one has been an infant."
"All but six have been older than 10, according to a Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services analysis."
"Parents have traveled into Nebraska from Michigan, Indiana, Iowa, Florida and Georgia."
"On Thursday, a boy, 14, and his 17-year-old sister were dropped off at an Omaha hospital; the girl ran away from the hospital, officials said. A 5-year-old boy was left by his mother at a different hospital, officials said. The day before, a father flew in from Miami, Florida, to leave his teenage son at a hospital, officials said."
"Please don't bring your teenager to Nebraska," Gov. Dave Heineman told CNN. "Think of what you are saying. You are saying you no longer support them. You no longer love them."
"I think this has spurred some really healthy conversations about how do parents get the help that they need when they are struggling with some of these parenting issues..."