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Saving Newborns, Reducing Abandonment

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The Council recently adopted a motion I sponsored that will create a task force to study ways to increase awareness of the options available for parents to safely and legally give up a newborn. The creation of this legislation was partly based on the tragic events of February 12, when a passerby discovered the body of an infant, who authorities named Baby Kimball after the Kimball Creek Bridge near where she was found, wrapped in a blanket less than a half a mile from a hospital near the city of North Bend.

Safe alternatives exist under State law that can help reduce child abandonment. The Safety of Newborn Children Law was adopted in Washington state in 2002 and says that parents can leave newborns with qualified individuals at hospitals, fire stations or federally designated rural health clinics anonymously up to 72 hours after the birth of a child without fear of prosecution for abandonment. The focus of the task force is to bring greater awareness of The Safety of Newborn Children Law to the residents of King County and ultimately save lives and educate the public and parents that there is assistance available. Read more.

Baby Kimball's case remains unsolved. The Sheriff's office is asking people to view the photos of what Baby Kimball was wrapped in, and anyone with information should call the King County Sheriff's Office at 206-296-3311 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS

Reminder: Upcoming Town hall Meetings

Join me for town hall meetings and hear from County agency representatives. Have your questions answered and participate in this important community event focused on issues affecting unincorporated King County.

Greater Maple Valley/Cedar River
unincorporated area
Monday, April 21nd 7pm
Maple Valley Sheriff's Station
22300 SE 231st, Maple Valley 98038

Fairwood unincorporated area
Wednesday, May 14th 7pm
Ridgewood Elementary
18030 162nd Place SE, Renton 98058

SE King County unincorporated area
Tuesday, May 20th 7pm
Neuwaukum Grange Hall
38402 180th Ave SE, Auburn 98092

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