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Father Who Abandoned Nine Children Is Expecting Twins

03/07/2009 10:20 | Updated 22 May 2015

An American dad who left his nine children at a hospital after deciding he couldn't look after them is to become a father again.

Gary Staton, 37, from Nebraska, USA, is expecting twins with his new girlfriend.

He became a single parent to his nine kids in February 2007, when his wife, RebelJane (yes, really) died of a brain aneurysm.

In September 2008 he decided he couldn't cope and turned them over to the custody of Nebraska, under the state's "Safe Haven" law.

This law allows parents in crisis to dump their children at designated locations where they will be protected until a permanent home is found.

Sounds bizarre but I suppose it's better than leaving your kids on the side of a mountain.

The law has since been changed to only allow for children up to 30 days old, but Staton was legally allowed to leave his kids, who ranged in age from one to 17 years old.

How do you think they will feel when they hear that the man who abandoned them is starting a new family?

His two oldest children now live in Omaha, where they are finishing high school. The other seven kids live with RebelJane's aunt, who is going through the adoption process.

Joanne Manzer, RebelJane's step-mother, says, remarkably, they don't hold a grudge.

"He goes up there for visits -- they still have a connection," Manzer told FOXNews.com. "They kind of understood what he did, he was stressed with everything else."

People came from as far away as California and Washington to dump their kids in Nebraska before the Safe Haven law was revised.

A total of 36 children were left at hospitals before the law was changed and all but six were over the age of 10.

Since last autumn, the Staton children have cost the state almost a million dollars.

I hope Gary Staton's ready to look after his new children.

Source: ParentDish US

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