Newborn surrendered at Decatur Township fire department

Safe Haven baby box
Baby left at fire station
Safe Haven baby boxes

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) – A young parent safely surrendered their healthy newborn to the Decatur Township Fire Department under Indiana’s Safe Haven Law Sunday.

Indiana’s 2000 Safe Haven Law allows people to anonymously surrender their healthy newborn without fear of criminal prosecution at any fire station.

Decatur Township Fire Station #74 is set to become Indiana’s third location for a Safe Haven Baby Box after the Indiana General Assembly passed Senate Bill 340 during the 2018 session that allows fire stations that are staffed 24 hours to install baby boxes.

The new law went into effect July 1.

However, the installation for the Decatur Township Fire Department’s Safe Haven Baby Box is taking longer than anticipated due to permit requirements and construction.

“Even though the Safe Haven Baby Box is not yet installed at Decatur Township Fire Station #74, this brave parent chose to hand their newborn over to firefighters at this location knowing they could choose that option under Indiana’s long-standing Safe Haven Law,” said Safe Haven Baby Box founder Monica Kelsey.

"We want to personally thank this young parent who so bravely chose to surrender their unharmed newborn to firefighters. We know that education and awareness around the Safe Haven Laws and Safe Haven Baby Boxes save lives.”

There are currently two fire stations in Indiana equipped with Safe Haven Baby Boxes.

They are located at Coolspring Township Volunteer Fire Department in La Porte County and Woodburn Fire Department in Allen County.