It's legal to discard children like used tires? HONEY, I DUMPED THE KIDS October 14, 2008 A Michigan mother drove roughly 12 hours to Omaha so she could abandon her 13-year-old son at a hospital under Nebraska's unique safe-haven law, officials said yesterday. The boy, from the Detroit area, is the second teen from outside Nebraska - and 18th child overall - abandoned in the state since the law took effect in July. State officials have met with the boy's mother, but wouldn't immediately address her reasons for leaving her son. Several of the parents or guardians who have left children cited uncontrollable behavioral problems. An out-of-work widower who left nine of his 10 children - ages 1 to 17 - said he simply felt overwhelmed. The law allows any "child" as old as 18 to be left at a state-licensed hospital without fear of prosecution. Last week, a 14-year-old girl from Iowa was left by her grandparents. She has since been returned to her family. Her abandonment set off concerns that the broadly written law could make Nebraska a dumping ground for unwanted children. State health officials have stressed that the law should be used only for children in danger.