Newborn Girl Safely Left At Northwestern Indiana Baby Box

Sep 10, 2019

A prototype of a baby box, where parents could surrender their newborns anonymously, is shown outside the fire station in Woodburn, Ind., Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. The box is actually a newborn incubator, or baby box, and it could be showing up soon at Indiana hospitals, fire stations, churches and other selected sites under legislation that would give mothers in crisis a way to surrender their children safely and anonymously.
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HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — The founder and CEO of Safe Haven Baby Boxes says an infant has been safely left at a new baby box in northwestern Indiana.

Monica Kelsey says a baby girl was left Friday in the baby box at Hammond's Franciscan Health Hospital. The padded, climate-controlled box there opened Aug. 7.

Kelsey says hospital staff was notified as soon as the box's outside door was opened and retrieved the newborn within 90 seconds. The child has since been released from the hospital to the custody of the Indiana Department of Child Services

Kelsey says the baby's mother has contacted her organization and isn't from the Hammond area.

The baby box program allows a mother to relinquish her newborn anonymously, without fear of prosecution. Two have been surrendered in nearby Michigan City.