When Gray’s Anatomy Season 16 left off for the mid-season finale, viewers watched Jo Wilson (Camilla Luddington) take dwelling a new child child. Gray’s Anatomy just lately posted a photograph of the occasions on Instagram spurring dialogue amongst followers about whether or not Jo will face jail time. Was it authorized to take the child dwelling as a Safe Haven Volunteer? Let’s take a look.
How did Jo Wilson find yourself with a new child child on ‘Gray’s Anatomy’?
In the mid-season finale of Gray’s Anatomy Season 16, Jo Wilson volunteers for the Baby Safe Haven program. She is impressed to assist infants who’re deserted at fireplace stations like she was as a new child.
Jo receives her first name as a volunteer and heads to the Station 19 (the spin-off present) firehouse. She holds the three-day-old child, and she or he can not think about how somebody might abandon their child like this. Ben (Jason George) talks her by way of it.
Nonetheless, as an alternative of taking the child to the hospital to present to the social employee, we discover out that Jo took the child dwelling.
“It was, in actual fact, an excessive amount of too quickly,” she tells long-time pal, Hyperlink (Chris Carmack) when he reveals up at her condominium. Followers are left questioning if she goes to maintain the child and if what she did is authorized.
Followers debate whether or not or not Jo goes to face hassle with the authorities for taking the child
After the occasions of the mid-season finale wrapped up, followers have so many questions. They need to know if Jo and Alex are going to undertake this child. Some viewers imagine Jo is in peril of going to jail for taking the child dwelling.
“Technically, she is kidnapping the little one from the custody of the state of Washington when she intentionally failed to show him into the receiving authority,” wrote one Instagram consumer. She’s going to be in large hassle if she doesn’t hand him over instantly.”
A number of followers agree that she might face jail time. Then there are a few viewers who imagine she continues to be simply doing her job as a Safe Haven volunteer.
“[Jo] didn’t kidnap the child,” argued one other fan. “She spoke to Ben and the others at Station 19. They undoubtedly knew. She was panicked due to the magnitude of what she took on, as in the job to care for a child, and [Jo] didn’t inform Karen about it earlier than doing it, however she did nothing unlawful.”
What are the legal guidelines concerning the Safe Haven Program?
“In 1999, an amazing variety of toddler abandonments happened,” in keeping with Baby Safe Haven. “By no means earlier than in a single 12 months had so many moms determined that they couldn’t care for their youngsters—after which disposed of their new child infants in an unsafe and tragic approach.”
“In response, a group of devoted folks labored collectively to create a regulation that will assure no mom ever needed to secretly eliminate her new child toddler,” the web site continues. “This regulation would shield the mom and guarantee her that she wouldn’t be prosecuted for relinquishing her child. So lengthy as the child was protected and given to a accountable grownup at a designated location, the mom can be free to go anonymously.”
There are legal guidelines in place to guard the moms of the infants that depart their newborns at designated protected areas.
“A hospital or fireplace station, its staff, volunteers, and medical employees are immune from any legal or civil legal responsibility for accepting or receiving a new child underneath this part,” in keeping with the Washington Safe Haven Regulation.
The legal guidelines in place to guard moms additionally shield these volunteers, so we are able to conclude that Jo won’t be dealing with any jail time or hassle with the authorities. We are going to discover out when Gray’s Anatomy returns on Jan. 23, 2020, whether or not she plans to observe by way of on adopting the child with Alex (Justin Chambers).