A Nebraska man, Gary Stanton, abandoned his nine children after his wife RebelJane died during the birth of the ninth child. Taking advantage of Nebraska’s “Safe Haven” Law, he left the kids, ranging in ages from 1 to 17 at Omaha’s Creighton University Medical Center. Now Stanton is having twins with his girlfriend, “Gail.”
The seven youngest Stanton children are reported to be living with their deceased mother’s aunt. The two oldest boys are said to be living with a 75-year-old woman in Omaha where they plan to graduate high school.
Stanton’s former mother-in-law, Joanne Manzer says Stanton still visits with the children, the children know about the expected twins and they understand that their father is “stressed.”
Manzer said Stanton would not have abandoned the children had his wife lived, but she also says he should have come to the family before considering abandoning them to strangers and ultimately the state.
Nebraska changed their Safe Haven Law in November 2008, and will now accept only “babies.”
The last use of the state’s safe haven law was on November 21, the last day it applied to children up to age 18. A 14-year-old boy from Yolo County, Calif., was abandoned at the Kimball County Hospital by his mother, who drove roughly 1,200 miles to get there.
A spokesman for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services said Gary Stanton’s family had received more than $995,000 in government aid as of Fall 2008.