Baby surrendered to Woodburn firefighter

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A baby girl is safe after she was surrendered to a firefighter in Woodburn by her mother.

Safe Haven Box Boxes officials said Monday that at some point over the weekend, a newborn baby was surrendered to a Woodburn Fire Department firefighter. 

The Woodburn Fire station is home to the first Safe Haven Baby Box.

During a press conference outside the fire station, officials said the mother intended on surrendering the baby using the baby box that is on the side of the building. They said the mother then called the National Safe Haven Crisis hotline and a counselors advised her to go to the fire station and hand the baby off to a firefighter instead. 

“This child that was surrendered here at Woodburn Fire Department was absolutely a wanted child,” said Safe Haven Baby Boxes CEO Monica Kelsey. “This mother that surrendered this child basically said I want the best for this child and it’s not me. And that takes a lot of courage because this little girl is going to go to an adoptive home and is probably going to be raised by parents who have been praying for this child for years.”

The weekend’s surrender was the third newborn baby surrendered in Indiana with the help of Safe Haven Baby Boxes since January 1, 2019. There were similar cases in Kosciusko and Whitley counties in recent weeks. 

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