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Newborn infant left in 'baby box' at in fire department

Newborn infant left in 'baby box' at in fire department”

The dispatch center received an alarm from the baby box located outside of Coolspring Township Volunteer Fire Department at 10:24 p.m.

Watch a replay of this afternoon's news conference with first responders.

A fire chief in Northwest Indiana says a baby is alive and healthy Wednesday because someone did the right thing and put the baby in a controversial "baby box" installed on the wall of a fire station.

READ | What happens to Indiana's "Safe Haven" babies? "We don't know what's going through her head but she made a very wise decision last night".

A statement from Franciscan Health Michigan City said the baby is stable and in good condition.

It was just used for the first time ever.

"The baby was not cleaned up yet", Pawlik said. "There is no reason to believe there are any injuries to the infant at this time", said Capt. Mike Kellems, public information officer with the LaPorte County Sheriff's Department, adding the child is in the custody of the Indiana Department of Child Services. Furthermore, once someone opens it, the box locks from the outside. "She stepped up to the plate and did the right thing by turning the baby into the baby box instead of us finding the baby in the ditch, in the woodlines, dumpster like we hear so many frightful stories we all hear", expressed Smith. Pawlik said a silent alarm notifies an alarm company, which pages firefighters.

No cameras surround the baby box at Coolspring Township Volunteer Fire Department. Once the baby is examined and given medical treatment, if needed, DCS will take the baby into custody through Child Protective services, where it will be placed with a caregiver, according to the website.

The box is offering parents who cannot care for their newborn an option to give their baby up, no questions asked.

OH parents are not asked any questions if they choose to drop an infant off at a hospital police station or fire station. The state's Safe Haven law allows parents to give up newborns without fear of arrest or prosecution.

"This is the last resort, when the mother can not make face-to-face contact", he said.



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