Effort to end parental rights of Oklahoma woman

Authorities are working to end the parental rights of a woman who left her newborn twins in the bed of a pickup truck outside a fire station in Shawnee.

Pottawatomie County District Attorney Richard Smothermon says
the boy and girl remain in state custody after being found May 4th.
Smothermon says the babies could be adopted once the parental
rights are officially terminated.

The mother has been identified as a Seminole County woman who
spoke with Shawnee Police Chief Russell Franz days after the babies
were found. Franz says the woman declined to reclaim the children
and now she appears to have gone into hiding.

A 2001 state law allows a parent to leave a baby up to 7 days
old with a medical provider or child rescuer without being
prosecuted.


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