A HEALTHY newborn baby has been left in a Safe Haven Baby Box in Indiana, it’s reported.
The infant was immediately taken to a local hospital after being found at the surrender site at the Crown Point Fire Department station, according to ABC7.
The boxes allow women to give up their babies anonymously and without fear or prosecution[/caption]
This is the fourth baby surrendered in a baby box in the past two years and the second to be surrendered in the past 91 days, according to Monica Kelsey, CEO and founder of Safe Haven Baby Boxes.
The padded, climate-controlled boxes are installed at fire stations so that women can give up their babies anonymously and without fear or prosecution.
This box represents no shame, no blame and no names
When the box is opened up and placed on the heated mattress, a silent alarm immediately alerts crews, who aren’t always based at the station.
Monica, who was surrendered at a hospital two hours after she was born by her birth mother, told ABC7: “This box represents no shame, no blame and no names.
“I was one of the lucky ones I was saved, so this is very important to me to give mums another option.
Kelsey, alongside the Crown Point Mayor David Uran and the Crown Point Fire Department, said baby boxes protect the infants whose mothers can’t care for them.
Uran said: “If Crown Point can play a part in anybody life that hears this message that you’re going to be broadcasting here today, then it was worth the installation.”
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Indiana’s Safe Haven Law allows people to take newborn babies to any hospital emergency room, police station or fire station without any questions asked.
The latest installation in Crown Point was made possible by an anonymous donor. This was the very first box installed at a fire station in Lake County, Ind. It’s also the first box installed with bilingual instructions.
The box in Crown Point is the 19th Safe Haven Baby Box located in the state of Indiana.