SEYMOUR, Ind. (WFFT) — The Seymour Fire Department was able to take in a surrendered baby through a baby box Thursday.
The Seymour Fire Department was notified by an alarm as soon as the mother opened the outside door to place her baby in the Safe Haven Baby Box.
The baby box was installed in 2019.
“We are proud to have this resource available for the residents of Seymour, Indiana,” said Fire Chief Brad Lucas. “We strive every day to ensure the safety of our residents and this is just a way to ensure the safety of newborns.”
Within a minute, the newborn was retrieved and taken to a local hospital to be checked out.
The Seymour box is one of 21 active baby boxes in Indiana.
There are a total of 25 baby boxes in three states.
Safe Haven Baby Boxes says this is the fifth baby surrendered in a baby box in the past two years in Indiana and the third to be surrendered in the past 134 days.
The organization has helped 68 women and infants with safe surrenders, helped with six adoption plans and has referred hundreds to pregnancy crisis centers around the country.
Women considering surrendering their baby can also call the Safe Haven Baby Boxes Crisis Line (1-866-99Baby1) to speak with a licensed counselor.
The organization also provides ongoing counseling to women who have surrendered.