In less than a week, two Indiana mothers called the national Safe Haven Baby Box hotline to arrange for the safe surrender of their newborns.
According to reports, last Thursday, a woman called the hotline to ask where she could bring the child, and was able to meet someone at the Kosciusko County Fire Department to surrender her baby without question. On Tuesday, another woman called the number and an arrangement was made to meet at the Columbia City Fire Department.
Both babies received medical care at a local hospital and were placed in the custody of the Indiana Department of Child Services.
Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel released a statement applauding all those who helped ensure that both mother and baby received the best reception.
“I want to thank our dispatchers and firefighters who were there for the woman and her newborn,” he said. “They showed tremendous care and consideration for both individuals. I also want to thank the Safe Haven Baby Boxes Hotline for working with all parties to ensure the safe passage of this child.”
Indiana’s safe haven law allows for mothers to surrender their newborns at local hospitals, fire departments and police stations without prosecution.
“A parent or other custodial adult can abandon an infant under the age of 45 days with an emergency medical services provider (hospitals, EMS, fire departments, and law enforcement agencies). Secrecy of the identity of the mother is assured, and she will not be prosecuted for abandonment or
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