Newborn infant recovered successfully from Indiana baby box


LaPORTE, Ind. (WTHR) - A baby is in good condition in a Michigan City hospital after it was left in a baby box southeast of LaPorte Tuesday night.

Emergency responders came to the Coolspring Township Volunteer Fire Department after a 911 call was triggered by a Safe Haven Baby Box.

Coolspring Fire Chief Mick Pawlik was at the station within five minutes, and found the newborn infant in the baby box. La Porte County medics took the baby to Franciscan St. Anthony’s hospital in Michigan City.

The infant appeared to be healthy and in good condition, according to a release from the LaPorte County Sheriff's Office.

According to the Sheriff's spokesman, the gender of the infant is not shared at the request of the Indiana Department of Children and Family Services.

Pawlik, who rode with the child to the hospital said, "When this box was installed, we hoped that it would never be used. Yet, we're thankful that it exists for cases just like the one Tuesday night. We are grateful that the mother had this option and made this choice and we remain concerned for her health.”

The Safe Haven Baby Box was installed at the fire department on April 28, 2016. As a volunteer fire station, the Coolspring building is not manned.

Indiana's safe haven law allows for a newborn infant to be given up without fear of arrest of prosecution.