Mom and dad of abandoned baby twins lose parental rights

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KEARNEY, Neb. (AP) -- A judge has terminated the parental rights of the mother and father of twin baby boys abandoned at a Kearney hospital in February.

The Kearney Hub reports that the rights of the unknown parents were terminated Tuesday. The boys were born Feb. 2 at CHI Good Samaritan hospital. Their mother left the hospital two days later, and officials have said she provided false information when she was admitted.

The state's safe haven law says parents won't be prosecuted for abandonment if they turn over children 30 days old or younger at a hospital.

A state caseworker testified at the rights hearing that she'd failed on several attempts to find the parents.

Judge Gerry Jorgensen says the twins, identified in court records as Tyler and Andrew, will remain in state custody in foster care until an adoption process begins.