Nation’s first Safe Haven Baby Box to be dedicated Tuesday in Indiana

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MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. –

The state’s first Safe Haven Baby Box will be dedicated Tuesday at the Woodburn Fire Station in Woodburn, Indiana. A second one will be revealed Thursday at the Coolspring Township Fire Department near Michigan City.

These are the fist Safe Haven Baby Boxes deployed in the United States.

The Safe Haven Baby Box is designed to save abandoned babies at fire stations that are not manned with personnel around the clock.

The box is electronically monitored and is designed to allow a mother or father in distress to place an unharmed, newborn infant in a secure and safe baby box. A series of alarms will alert emergency personnel who will then respond to the fire station, pick up the infant and transport the child to a local emergency room.

Indiana’s Safe Haven Law allows someone to give up an unwanted infant anonymously without fear of arrest or prosecution. The baby must be less than 30 days old and can be given up at an Indiana hospital, fire station or police station.

Several babies have recently been given up in Indianapolis under the state’s Safe Haven Law.

A man dropped off a day-old baby at a west Indianapolis fire stationin early March. Less than two weeks later, another baby was dropped off at an IFD station.

Click here to learn more about Indiana’s Safe Haven Law.

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