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Local mom creates petition to support new mothers, protect infants

Brooke Conley, who started the petition, is seen with her husband Nick, daughter Gabby, and son Kaiden. (Source: Conley Family) Brooke Conley, who started the petition, is seen with her husband Nick, daughter Gabby, and son Kaiden. (Source: Conley Family)

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – After Jameisha Alexander was charged with murder in the drowning death of her 6-week-old infant son, a local mother was moved to start a petition in hopes of providing new mothers with more education and support.

"So I’m thinking, 'What can we do?'” wondered Brooke Conley, who started the Daniel’s Law Awareness petition. “Something that we know of that could help somebody that is maybe completely and totally overwhelmed. Either can't be a mother for whatever reason, doesn't want to be a mother, whatever her reasoning may be. What can she do? And the first thing that popped up in my mind is Daniel's Law."

Brooke Conley started the petition Tuesday. She is a 19-year-old wife and mother of two children, Gabby and Kaiden. She remembers being overwhelmed after giving birth.

"I dealt with a lot of postpartum depression,” said Conley. “There were days where she would start crying and I would just start crying with her, because I just didn't know how to calm her down."

Conley hopes more people will support the petition so that all mothers would be required to know about how this law can help them if they are in a crisis.

"We're asking that the same way that we have to watch a video on car seat safety and ‘Shaken Baby Syndrome’, that maybe we could throw in a 20-30 second clip on Daniel's Law,” said Conley.

In the state of South Carolina, Daniel's Law allows mothers to drop off an unharmed infant, 30 days old or younger, at a hospital, out-patient facility, police station, fire station, EMS station or a house of worship. No one will question the mother or parent, and then the baby will be put in foster care and up for adoption.

"If more women knew about this, they wouldn't be so quick to make a detrimental decision for their life or their baby's life,” said Conley. “Because you deserve as a woman to have your mental health in the best state you can possibly be. And that child, being the innocent life he or she is, deserves the best chance at the best life possible.”

Hospitals in South Carolina, before releasing new mothers, require them to watch an informational video and take home pamphlets about ‘Shaken Baby Syndrome’, postpartum depression, breast feeding and more. But Daniel’s Law is not a part of the required informational video.

"I really just want women to know that if you're in crisis, that there is another option. You don't have to do something so detrimental and so fatal to your child's life and your life,” said Conley.

The petition needs 100 supporters before it can be delivered to the Department of Health and Environmental Control and South Carolina lawmakers.

Related story:

Bond denied for mother charged in drowning death of infant in Horry County pond

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