Boxes Installed For Mothers to Drop Off Unwanted Newborns

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WOODBURN, Ind. (AP) – A Safe Haven Baby Box where mothers can drop off unwanted newborns anonymously with emergency help moments away is now available in northeastern Indiana.

The padded, climate-controlled container was dedicated Tuesday at the Woodburn Volunteer Fire Department about 15 miles east of Fort Wayne. It’s on an exterior wall of the fire station.

Baby box advocate Monica Kelsey says it’s the first one in the nation. A second one is due to be dedicated Thursday in Michigan City.

The boxes are equipped with a security system that notifies emergency personnel when a baby is dropped off. Emergency responders can get to the child within minutes.

Indiana’s safe haven law allows mothers to drop off newborns with no questions asked at police stations, fire stations and hospitals.

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