Safe haven

Safe haven

After hearing the tragic story on Aug. 13 of an infant found dead in an East Hartford trash can, Wilton legislators Sen. Toni Boucher (R-26) and Rep. Gail Lavielle (R-143) joined several of their colleagues at an Aug. 19 press conference to help raise awareness about Connecticut’s Safe Havens law, in effect since 2000. Under this law, if a baby is 30 days old or younger, the parent may bring the child to any hospital emergency department in Connecticut, and the parent will not face criminal prosecution for abandonment. The child will then be placed by the Department of Children and Families with a licensed family that wants to adopt.  From left are Rep. Tami Zawistowki, Ms. Lavielle, Rep. Pam Sawyer, Sen. Cathy Osten, Rep. Bill Aman, Sen. Dante Bartolomeo, and Ms. Boucher.