The bodies of two babies have been found in a bag of rubbish in a hospital’s daycare centre.
Cleaners at the Northwestern Memorial Hospital Campus in Chicago, USA, discovered the bodies of the two baby girls after following a trail of bloodstains.
The babies have since been named Sepia and Radical Red after they were found on Thursday evening.
The Mirror reports a 29-year-old woman who works at the Bernice Lavine Early Childhood Education Center was found bleeding in the toilets about an hour before the heart-breaking discovery.
Her condition remains unknown at this time.
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An investigation into the circumstances surrounding the deaths continues, however, a charity is now hoping to raise awareness about Illinois Baby Safe Haven Law.
Also known as the Safe Haven Infant Protection Act, the law provides a safe and legal way for parents to give up newborns they are unable or unwilling to care for without fear of prosecution.
Dawn Geras, Executive Chairwoman at the Chicago-based Save Abandoned Babies Foundation, led efforts to create the law more than 20 years ago, allowing more than 150 babies to be saved in the state over the years since.
She said: “The law is so simple. A parent who feels they can’t keep the baby for whatever reason can simply hand that baby over to staff at a hospital, police or fire station. No questions, they remain anonymous.”
All 50 US states, as well as Washington DC and the American territories of Guam and Puerto Rico have enacted safe haven legislation, according to Child Welfare Information Gateway – with just under half accepting babies up to 30-days-old.
The aim of the safe haven laws is to ensure babies are left with people who can provide the care they need.
Safe Haven locations usually include hospitals, police stations, and fire departments.