Romanian mother Jeaneta Bente, 32, was already struggling to raise three children when she prematurely delivered triplets. She abandoned her newborn daughters Alexandra, Isabela, and Cristina at the hospital in the hopes that they would have a better life.
Unbeknownst to Bente, Romanian law requires that a mother give permission to child welfare services via signed paperwork before the abandoned baby can be put up for adoption. The Daily Mail reports that as a result, the triplets remained in the maternity ward of the hospital for three weeks until Bente returned. Bente is illiterate and used her thumbprint to sign the papers.
“I hope people can understand that I just don’t have any possibility to feed or care for them, but I wish them the best and hope they have a better life than I can give them,” Bente told local reporters.
In the United States, safe haven laws are put into place so that a parent may surrender a newborn infant in a designated area — such as a fire station, police station, or even some churches — rather than leaving the baby somewhere it could potentially come to harm.
The Child Welfare Information Gateway states, “the safe haven provider is required to accept emergency protective custody of the infant and to provide any immediate medical care that the infant may require,” and notes that the child is protected until placed in a permanent home.