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NC safe surrender law meant to aid unwanted babies

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By MARTHA WAGGONER
Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - As a district attorney awaits an autopsy report before deciding whether to file charges in the death of a newborn found buried in a backyard, people involved in an earlier case that led to North Carolina's safe surrender law say mothers always have options.

Tom Vitaglione says his heart sinks whenever he hears of a newborn death that might have been prevented. Vitaglione lobbied for North Carolina's safe surrender law, enacted in 2001 after a dead newborn was found in the Macon County landfill in 2000.

The law allows a mother to give up a newborn who's no more than 7 days old to a responsible adult.

Last month, Franklin County authorities found a newborn buried in the backyard of a home.

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