Safe haven baby boxes now offer directions in Spanish

(WTHR photo: Dustin Grove)
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CARMEL, Ind. (WTHR) - For the first time in Indiana, a safe haven baby box includes directions in Spanish.

The Carmel Fire Department bought and installed the first bi-lingual signs this afternoon at station 45 on College Avenue.

Organizers say they want to make sure everyone can easily read about and understand Indiana's "Safe Haven law."

It allows parents to leave a newborn in one of those "safe haven" boxes without names, questions or criminal charges.

Linda Znachko, founder of a minstry called He Knows Your Name, said they were concerned the person who abandoned a baby in Seymour last month didn't know there was a safer option nearby.

"That hispanic child raised awareness for us that this was a need that in the Spanish speaking community we realized that we were not communicating all that we could communicate," she said.

Carmel's Fire Department paid for the new signs.

"It means a lot to us to be able to do this," said Carmel Fire Public Information Officer Tim Griffin.

Organizers said they hope others will follow and add Spanish to the state's 13 other boxes as well.

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