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The term ‘boarder baby’ is used to refer to an infant, usually under the age of 12 months, who remains in the hospital after the date of medical discharge. Boarder babies may eventually be claimed by their parents and/or be placed in alternative care.
Boarder baby can be an infant, often the offspring of drug addicts or AIDS victims, who is abandoned in a hospital.
The following is an example of a federal statute defining the term:
According to 42 USCS § 1769, the term 'boarder baby' means an abandoned infant described in section 103(1) of the Abandoned Infants Assistance Act of 1988