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City of Grand Haven
Wednesday May 18th, 2016 :: 04:00 p.m. EDT


Media Release - Update Safe Delivery of Newborn Incident Date Corrected

On Saturday, May 14, 2016, a newborn infant was brought to North Ottawa Community Hospital around 6:20 pm. The infant was delivered by a friend of the mother presumably under Michigan’s Safe Delivery of Newborns law, which allows an infant’s biological parent to bring their child to an Emergency Service Provider and relinquish authority of the infant.

Because the infant was brought to North Ottawa Community Hospital by someone other than the biological parent, we are trying to reach out to the biological parents to confirm the decision to relinquish authority of the infant was voluntary. Our attempts to communicate with the parents will remain confidential if applicable under the Safe Delivery of Newborns Law.

Law enforcement’s duties in these types of circumstances are to determine if the child has been abducted, abandoned, or involved in other criminal activities.

The Grand Haven Department of Public Safety truly appreciates the efforts made by the individual who delivered the infant to North Ottawa Community Hospital and ensured the infants well being.

Anyone wishing to provide information which could further assist this matter is asked to contact the Detective Bureau at Grand Haven Department of Public Safety (616-842-3460), the Ottawa County Silent Observer Program at 1-877-88-SILENT (745368), or via the web at

City of Grand Haven
519 Washington Ave.
Grand Haven, MI 49417

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 616-842-3210

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