A newborn baby was found abandoned in a life cell in Kaunas on Thursday.
According to the Police Department, the baby was found around 12:10 p.m. In the life box on Miško street.
The Christian Maternity Hospital of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinic of the Kaunas Hospital of the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences is located on Miško street.
Parents can try to get the baby back within three months.
The police, in the usual manner, collected the material in accordance with Article 158 of the Criminal Code, which provides for responsibility for the abandonment of a child. There is no liability for leaving a newborn baby in the life box. The inheritance of a newborn is anonymous, the parents will not be searched by law enforcement or child rights defenders.
In November 2009, the first Life Window in Lithuania was opened in the Vilnius Home for Babies with Impaired Development. This is a special room in which, when a newborn is placed, a signal reaches the staff on duty and the caregivers urgently take care of the child that the mother cannot or does not want to take care of herself.
Currently, Life Cells in Lithuania operate in approximately ten institutions in various cities of the country – Vilnius, Kaunas, Šiauliai, Klaipėda, Panevėžys, Marijampole, Taurage, Jonava, Alytus.
In June, a 10-day-old newborn was found in the life box on Miško street in Kaunas.
A baby left in the life box can be retrieved by the parents or one of the parents within three months.
In the middle of July, a 2-3 day old newborn was found in a life box in Vilnius, on Žolyno street. In June, a 2-3 day old male newborn was found here.
The Life Box is for mothers who have found no other way to act humanely and give their newborn a chance to live.
“Parents or one of the parents can retrieve a baby left in the life box within three months – you need to contact the territorial child rights department according to the place where the baby was left. If the parents do not have convincing evidence of the child’s identity, paternity is determined by DNA testing,” states the State Child Rights Protection and Adoption Service.
As soon as an application is made for the return of an abandoned baby, the defenders of the child’s rights immediately organize psychological assistance for the father or mother, take care of restoring the relationship. Such help is also needed later.
photo of Andrias Aleksandravičius.