ROCK HILL (AP) — Police are looking for a woman who left a 2-month-old boy with a staff member at Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill last week.
Police said the woman said she could no longer care for the child.
South Carolina law allows people to take unwanted children to authorities with no questions asked, but that applies only to children 30 days old or younger.
The police report said there were no signs of neglect or abuse.
The hospital called the York County Department of Social Services, who called police. The child will be placed with a foster family.
Tests indicated the child was born May 1, too old to qualify for Daniel’s Law, which allows unwanted children to be left with authorities.
Doctors can use bone scans to determine a child’s age, said Amy Faulkenberry, a hospital spokeswoman.
Just because the child might have been older than a month does not mean police will automatically charge the mother, said Lt. Brad Redfearn.
The boy is the third child left at Piedmont under Daniel’s Law in the past 10 years, Faulkenberry said.
Staff members at each entrance are trained to accept the child and assess any medical problem, she said.