Nebraska man uses Safe Haven law to dump 9 children on the state

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No matter what Gary Staton does, he can’t seem to control his kids.  So he’s returning them.  A single parent to 10 children between the ages of 1 month to 19 years, Staton is finally throwing in the towel.

Thug Life.

Thug Life.

Nebraska’s Safe Haven law has done so much for the world of bizarre political news.  After the state increased the law to protect any child until the age of 16, parents have willingly dropped their preteens, toddlers, and acne-ridden high-schoolers at the nearest hospital.   When the children arrive, they are transferred into the custody of the state, and ultimately to foster care.

But Staton probably doesn’t deserve as much scorn as Octomom.  In better times, his wife Rebel Jane Staton (yes, you read that correctly) helped to take care of the kids.  Gary worked and Rebel did everything from cooking and cleaning to paying the bills and home-schooling some of their children.

In January of 2007, that all changed.  After giving birth to her 10th child, Rebel suddenly passed away.  Left with 10 children to take care of on his own, Gary and his oldest daughter Amoria worked hard to pay the bills and take care of the kids.   But the challenge was too much and Gary finally had to relinquish custody.  Staton says that he will stay in the state and will continue contact with his children.

I hate to do this to Gary and the Staton family, but I think it’s irresponsible nowadays to have 10 children.   Especially when you’re barely getting by.  I don’t think we should legislate a hard and fast number of allowed offspring, but you’ve got to have a little personal responsibility here.

RWP Rating: Strange

FULL STORY: Omaha World-Herald

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