Davis mother drops kid off in Nebraska

November 24, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
A 14-year-old boy from Davis is being sent back to California after his mother drove him to Nebraska, to abandon him under that state's Safe Haven Law.

The law was changed on Saturday, to apply only to babies up to 30 days old, but the Davis boy had been left at a county hospital by his mother on Friday.

She had adopted him when he was four years old. She says he recently turned violent and began drinking, doing drugs, and stealing. She says she tried to get help in California, but he was kicked out of a boy's shelter for abusive behavior.

"I told him, 'You know we've tried everything and I just don't know what else to do. If you walk into this hospital, they will find a home for you,'" said Lori, from Davis.

The head of the Yolo County Social Services agency says the teenager's needs will be assessed, and appropriate action taken.