An explanation is coming out today from the father who left his nine children at a hospital under the state’s safe haven law. Gary Staton said that he was overwhelmed by his family responsibilities and had to do something to keep them safe. An anonymous friend of the family told KETV in Omaha that his wife died last year, days after delivering their youngest child.
“I don’t believe he would abandon them, he really loved those kids. If anything he was probably thinking of the best interest of them and maybe somebody could provide better care than him.
Staton says he quit his job and couldn’t pay rent or utilities or take care of his kids.
“The mom had a brain aneurysm and the baby was tow days old when that happened.”
Governor Dave Heineman says changes need to be made, but he doesn’t plan on calling a special session to address Nebraska’s safe haven law.