Indiana to get more baby boxes for abandoned newborns

FILE - In this file photo taken on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, Monica Kelsey, firefighter and medic who is president of Safe Haven Baby Boxes Inc., poses with a prototype of a baby box, where parents could surrender their newborns anonymously, outside her fire station in Woodburn, Ind. Kelsey said she is undeterred by a warning from Indiana that they are illegal. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — Indiana officials say more baby boxes are coming to the state’s hospitals and firehouses.

The Post-Tribune reports that Crown Point added one box last week at a firehouse, making a total of six boxes in Northwest Indiana.

Baby boxes are padded, climate-controlled boxes where people can leave newborns safely and anonymously at hospitals or firehouses. Hospital officials say the boxes cost between $10,000 and $15,000.

Safe Haven Baby Boxes founder Monica Kelsey says three babies have been saved in Northwest Indiana.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the state has the highest infant mortality rate in the Midwest at 7.3%.

Indiana’s Safe Haven Law allows people to leave newborns at any hospital emergency room, police or fire station without any questioning, risk of arrest or prosecution.

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1 comment

Ron Scott November 11, 2019 at 7:09 pm

Can they make one for a 12 year old?
Asking for a friend.


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