2021 Georgia Code
Title 19 - Domestic Relations
Chapter 10A - Safe Place for Newborns
§ 19-10A-4. No Criminal Prosecution for Leaving Child in Custody of Medical Facility, Fire Station, or Police Station
A mother shall not be prosecuted for violating Code Section 16-5-70, 16-12-1, or 19-10-1 because of the act of leaving her newborn child in the physical custody of an employee, agent, or member of the staff of a medical facility, fire station, or police station who is on duty, whether there in a paid or volunteer position, provided that the newborn child is no more than 30 days old and the mother shows proof of her identity, if willing, to the person with whom the newborn is left and provides her name and address, if willing.
(Code 1981, §19-10A-4, enacted by Ga. L. 2002, p. 1137, § 1; Ga. L. 2003, p. 140, § 19; Ga. L. 2013, p. 294, § 4-28/HB 242; Ga. L. 2017, p. 522, § 1/HB 391.)
The 2017 amendment, effective July 1, 2017, inserted ", fire station, or police station" near the middle, substituted "30 days" for "one week" in the middle, substituted "willing" for "available" near the end, and added ", if willing" immediately preceding the period at the end.Editor's notes.
- Ga. L. 2013, p. 294, § 5-1/HB 242, not codified by the General Assembly, provides that: "This Act shall become effective on January 1, 2014, and shall apply to all offenses which occur and juvenile proceedings commenced on and after such date. Any offense occurring before January 1, 2014, shall be governed by the statute in effect at the time of such offense and shall be considered a prior adjudication for the purpose of imposing a disposition that provides for a different penalty for subsequent adjudications, of whatever class, pursuant to this Act. The enactment of this Act shall not affect any prosecutions for acts occurring before January 1, 2014, and shall not act as an abatement of any such prosecutions."
- Construction and application of state abandoned newborn infant protection acts, 70 A.L.R.6th 183.