Suzanne Hobbs of Bluffton released her children's book, "The Hungry Snake," on Nov. 1, with proceeds going to the National Safe Haven Alliance. Within days, it was at the top of the charts on Amazon.com.
"The Hungry Snake" is based on a favorite story told to her adopted daughter, Lilly Love, who is also a Safe Haven baby. The book is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble, as well as an eBook.
In 2000, when Hobbs worked in television news, she was the first reporter on the scene in Idaho Falls, Idaho, where police discovered the body of a newborn baby in a dumpster. The baby did not survive, and the 18-year-old mother was sentenced to jail for the unlawful disposal of a body.
At the time, Suzanne and her husband were trying to have a child and could not fathom why someone would do such a thing.
She advocated to have a Safe Haven law passed in Idaho, and the following year it was approved with flying colors.
The governor credited Hobbs for her efforts on this life-saving law, which allows parents to safely surrender their unwanted newborn at designated "safe places," such as a police station, fire station or hospital, without fear of prosecution.
"I wrote this book as a way to make people aware that no child needs to be left to die. Without knowledge comes fear... and people do desperate things out of fear," Hobbs said. "'The Hungry Snake' is a story I told to my daughter and her friends years ago, and it always makes them laugh. My goal is to raise funds through book sales for the National Safe Haven Alliance and create public service announcements across the country. My dream is that every mother knows she has options - no questions asked."
In 2003, Suzanne adopted her daughter, Lilly Love, who was left at the hospital by her birth mother, who knew about the Safe Haven law.
Lilly is fully aware of her special background, and at 13 years old, is speaking out to help save the lives of other babies like her.
Hobbs is currently working with groups in Washington, D.C., to make the law federal and is also raising awareness in Canada.
As of now, all 50 states have Safe Haven laws, but each state has different rules regarding how long after birth and where a baby can be surrendered.
For more information, visit www. thehungrysnake.com.