Safe haven protections; newborn safety device at hospitals for reception of children. (SB175)

Introduced By

Sen. Mark Peake (R-Lynchburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Safe haven protections; newborn safety device. Provides an affirmative defense in certain criminal prosecutions and civil proceedings regarding child abuse or neglect to a parent who safely delivers his child within the first 30 days of the child's life to a newborn safety device located at a hospital that provides 24-hour emergency services or at an attended emergency medical services agency that employs emergency medical services personnel. The bill also provides civil and criminal immunity to such hospitals and emergency medical services agencies for injuries to children received through such newborn safety devices, provided that (i) the injuries are not the result of gross negligence or willful misconduct and (ii) the hospital or emergency medical services agency meets certain requirements regarding the establishment, functioning, and testing of the device. Current law requires the child to be delivered within the first 14 days of the child's life at such hospital or emergency medical services agency. This bill was incorporated into SB 63. Read the Bill »


01/24/2022: Incorporated into Another Bill


01/10/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22102957D
01/10/2022Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
01/12/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB175)
01/24/2022Incorporated by Judiciary (SB63-Ruff) (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)