Baby found in Manhattan likely application of safe haven law, says RCPD

The baby that was found in Manhattan Wednesday evening was placed there by a person wanting the child to be safe.

According to a release from the Riley County Police Department, their investigation leads police to believe the intent of the person who left the child in public was to follow the safe haven law.

The Newborn Infant Protection Act allows for parents or other persons having lawful custody of an infant who is 60 days old or younger & who has not suffered bodily harm to surrender physical custody of the infant to any employee who is on duty at a police station, sheriff’s office, law enforcement center, fire station, city or county health department or medical care facility.

The department will not release additional information in an effort to not discourage others who may need the same help.