COLUMBIA — South Carolina authorities said a 1-day-old infant was legally abandoned at Lexington Medical Center this week.


The Department of Social Services said in a release Friday that it has custody of a healthy, white baby boy left at the hospital Wednesday. The infant was reportedly born at home a day earlier and weighs 7 pounds.


Anyone wishing to assert parental rights of the infant must do so at a hearing set for Oct. 15.


The case falls under “Daniel’s Law.”


The state’s save haven law allows parents to safely abandon infants up to a month old without punishment. The infant must be left in an employee’s hands at a hospital or other allowed location.


One-day-old infant left at Med Center