Lucas County Safe Haven options

The case of the infant baby found dead inside a freezer in an East Toledo apartment has prompted a conversation about Ohio's Safe Haven law.

Dean Sparks, Executive Director of Lucas County Children's Services, explains that the law was adopted to offer overwhelmed parents a safe way to relieve themselves of the burden of parenting.

"A number of years ago, there were cases of newborn babies being killed and so all of the states passed Safe Haven laws which give parents the option of giving their children to someone who could care for them as opposed to putting the child in a dumpster or hurting them some other way," he said.

Ohio law defines a Safe Haven location as a police station, fire department or hospital emergency room.

Safe Haven: (419)-265-2229

Lucas County Children Services Report Child Abuse: (419)-213-2273