Hawaii lawmaker calls for promotion of Baby Safe Haven after newborn found abandoned in hotel


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HONOLULU — A Hawaii lawmaker is pushing for more awareness of the state's Baby Safe Haven law after a newborn was found dead and abandoned in a Waikiki hotel room.

Rep. John Mizuno tells the Honolulu Star-Advertiser (http://bit.ly/1vkhN0N) the state needs a campaign to heighten awareness of the law that allows people to surrender unharmed infants up to 3 days old at a hospital, fire or police station with immunity from prosecution for abandonment.

The baby was found at about 7 p.m. Nov. 26.

The baby's mother is a 32-year-old Korean national visiting Hawaii with her husband.

Honolulu police located her a few hours after the discovery of the child. The woman was arrested and released.

Results of an autopsy are pending and it's not known whether the baby was born alive.

Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser, http://www.staradvertiser.com

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