A baby has been safely surrendered by its mother in Columbia City.
City officials in Columbia City told WANE 15 that a baby was turned over to authorities in the city on Tuesday. After arranging a safe location, the Columbia City Fire Department met the woman and took the child. The child was taken to Parkview Whitley Hospital and was turned over to child welfare authorities.
Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel said, “I want to thank the dispatchers and firefighters who were there for the woman and the newborn. They showed tremendous care and consideration for both individuals.” Mayor Daniel also thanked the Safe Haven Baby Box Hotline for working to make this a safe surrender.
Safe Haven Baby Boxes posted on Facebook that the parent called its National Safe Haven Hotline (1-866-99BABY1) and wanted the closest Baby Box to their location. The baby was safely surrendered a short time later.
The baby was described as “healthy.”
“Thank you to the Mother of this newborn who kept her child safe and surrendered her newborn with love,” Safe Haven Baby Boxes posted on Facebook.
Monica Kelsey, founder of Safe Haven Baby Box, added: “This is a great day for Whitley County. We were able to help this mother and keep the child safe.”
This is believed to be the first time a child has been surrendered in Columbia City under the Safe Haven Law, said Mayor Daniel.