Second baby dropped off in LaPorte County baby box in 5 months


MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (WTHR) — For the second time in just five months, someone anonymously dropped a baby off at the Coolspring Township Fire Department in LaPorte County.

Lt. Chuck Kohler was the first to respond to the alert that went out just after 7 p.m. Sunday. Coolspring Township FD is a volunteer fire department and not manned full-time.

Kohler found a newborn infant in the Safe Haven Baby Box that was installed in the station in April 2016. Emergency Crews responded to the fire station and transported the baby to Franciscan St. Anthony's hospital in Michigan City.

The baby is healthy and showed no signs of medical issues.

Someone first used the box in Michigan City Nov. 7, 2017. That baby, "Baby Hope," is now with an adopted family, according to NBC affiliate WNDU.

Indiana's Safe Haven Law allows parents to surrender newborn babies within 30 days to fire stations, police stations and hospitals, no questions asked.

In addition to the box at Coolspring Township FD, there is one other Safe Haven box in Indiana, at the Woodburn Fire Department in Woodburn.

For more information about the Safe Haven Law or dropping off babies in the boxes, go to