National Safe Haven group meets in Austin, days after baby left in dumpster

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The name of the mother who left a newborn baby in a dumpster earlier this week still has not been released, but police say she is in custody.

At last check, the baby was in fair condition and in the custody of Child Protective Services.

On Saturday, more than 25 leaders from across the country met in Austin to talk about ways to raise awareness of Safe Haven or Baby Moses laws at the first National Safe Haven Conference.

This conference had been planned for months. As cases of infant abandonment like the one earlier this week in Austin still occur, the group said it’s important to find ways to stop it from happening to another child.

“We have 12 different states here to unite, to establish the best practices for the Safe Haven law. So it is very important that we are all collaborating,” said Heather Burner, executive director of the National Safe Haven Alliance.

Safe Haven laws differ quite a bit from state to state. In Texas, parents can surrender an infant within 60 days to a hospital, fire station or emergency medical services station. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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