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macon.com MIDDAY UPDATE: Ga. boy dropped off at Neb. hospital under safe haven; Sarah Palin doll to be auctioned for charity; voters across Georgia head to polls

A 12-year-old boy from the Atlanta area is in the state's care after being dropped off at a Lincoln hospital under Nebraska's safe haven law.

The boy's mother drove to Nebraska from Georgia and dropped him off at BryanLGH Medical Center East around 9:50 p.m. Saturday, said Department of Health and Human Services' Todd Landry.

Tysheema Brown, 33, left her child, said Chief Tom Casady of the Lincoln, Neb., Police Department.

It was the 12th instance of use of the safe haven law, which went into effect in July, and the 20th child left at a hospital.

Cadady said authorities were not surprised when people started abandoning older children.

"There’s a lot of desperate and frustrated parents who are at their wits’ end, dealing with behavioral and emotional issues," Casady told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "Some kinds of services are hard to get and afford, so if you provide an easy button, you shouldn’t be surprised it would be hit."

Brown traveled the farthest of any parent to date to leave a child in Nebraska. Two other children came from out of state, from Iowa and Michigan.

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Sarah Palin doll to be auctioned for charity

Move over, Tina Fey, there's a new Sarah Palin impersonator in town.

Four one-of-a-kind Cabbage Patch Kids dolls crafted in the likeness of presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain and vice presidential candidates Joe Biden and Palin will be auctioned on the eBay.com Web site.

The dolls sport outfits inspired by their counterparts, with the Palin doll wearing the Republican candidate's signature rimless eyeglasses, red suit and heels.

"These four folks in particular seemed like the perfect candidates, if you will, to become one-of-a-kind Cabbage Patch Kids," said Jakks Pacific Inc. spokeswoman Genna Rosenberg. "We've had a great history with making celebrity look-alikes with these Kids. We've done everyone from Elvis to Donald Trump to Ellen (DeGeneres) and Oprah (Winfrey)."

Cabbage Patch spokeswoman Margaret McLean said Monday the company made John Kerry and George Bush dolls for the last election. She said she couldn't find figures for which of the dolls raised more money, but the company does plan to keep track this year.

"Maybe whoever brings in the most money will win the election, maybe this could be a barometer," she said with a laugh.

All proceeds from the auction, which begins Thursday and ends Nov. 4, will benefit the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. Jakks Pacific will also auction six limited edition 25th-anniversary dolls that have been created to look identical to the original Cabbage Patch Kids that were first released in 1983.

In September, BabyLand General Hospital in Cleveland, Ga., home of Cabbage Patch, celebrated the pop culture giant's 25th birthday.

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Voters across Georgia heading to polls

Advance voting is under way in Georgia, which means counties are opening up more polling locations.

Hundreds lined up in chilly weather before 7 a.m. Monday to cast ballots as advance voting began throughout Georgia.

Polls opened at 7 a.m. in DeKalb County, at 8 a.m. in Cobb and Clayton counties, at 8:30 a.m. in Fulton County and at 9 a.m. in Gwinnett County.

Advance voting means people will have more polling locations from which to choose. The lines have been long at county elections offices in past weeks.

Matt Carrothers, spokesman for Secretary of State Karen Handel's office, says it's likely more than 1 million voters have cast ballots since early voting began in Georgia Sept. 22.

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