NEW HAVEN, Ind. (WANE) — A baby has been surrendered in a Safe Haven baby box in New Haven, WANE 15 has learned.
The baby was safely and anonymously surrendered at 4:25 p.m. Wednesday in the baby box at the New Haven Fire Department’s Central Station according to a release from Safe Haven. The infant was then transported to an area hospital.
The baby box was just added in late December.
“We are proud to have this resource available for the residents of New Haven, Indiana,” said Fire Chief Josh Hale. “It is our ongoing goal everyday to ensure the safety of all of our residents, and today we were able to ensure the safety of one of our newest residents.”
“I want to personally thank this brave mother that carried her child to term, kept her safe, and then exercised her rights under Indiana’s safe haven law and surrendered her newborn in our box. This newborn is healthy and perfect.”, said Monica Kelsey, Founder and CEO of Safe Haven Baby Boxes.
Safe Haven said in the release that once the infant is released from the hospital, she will be placed into the custody of the Department of Child Services where they will begin the process of finding her a new home.
This is the sixth baby surrendered in a baby box in the past 2 years in Indiana and the fourth to be surrendered in the past 161 days according to Safe Haven.