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Abandoned baby highlights state’s safe haven law
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India, the temporary name given to the child found abandoned on a roadside in Forsyth County. - Photo courtesy Forsyth County Sheriff's Office
When a newborn infant was found abandoned in woods in south Forsyth County on June 6, it sparked conversations about Georgia’s safe haven law that provides parameters for a mother to drop off her baby without fear of criminal consequences. Sarah Koeppen, the founder of The Hope Box, a nonprofit that focuses on issues surrounding child abandonment, said the mother probably didn’t even know what options she had. “She probably didn’t even know the safe haven law existed,” Koeppen said. “We need to get the information out.” Koeppen and her Cobb County-based organization were instrumental in getting Georgia’s safe haven law updated in 2017.