SEYMOUR, Ind. (WANE) — The Seymour Fire Department said a healthy newborn baby was safely surrendered inside a Safe Haven Baby Box Thursday, then immediately taken to a local hospital.
The fire department says they were notified by an alarm as soon as the newborn’s mother opened the outside door to place the child in the baby box. Within one minute, the newborn was recovered from the box and received medical care
According to a release, the box was installed in 2019 after a high school senior, Hunter Wart, raised the funds to install the box.
“We are proud to have this resource available for residents of Seymour,” said Fire Chief Brad Lucas. “We strive everyday to ensure the safety of our residents and this is just a way to ensure the safety of newborns.”
The group highlighted the recent successes of baby boxes, saying this child is the third baby surrendered in the past 134 days, and the fifth in the past 2 years. Safe Haven Baby Boxes say 68 infants have been safely surrendered since the project’s inception.
Seymour has one of 21 active baby boxes in Indiana with four more outside of the state.