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Third baby surrendered in Indiana via baby box

The baby was placed in the box at at Franciscan Health Hospital in Hammond.

Posted: Sep 10, 2019 11:04 PM
Updated: Sep 10, 2019 11:20 PM

HAMMOND, Ind. (WFFT) - A newborn girl was surrendered at a Save Haven Baby Box Friday.

The baby was placed in the box at at Franciscan Health Hospital in Hammond.

The baby box has only been active for about a month.

This is the third newborn placed in a Safe Haven Baby Box in less than two years in Indiana.

Within 90 seconds, the newborn baby was retrieved from the box and received medical care.

“I want to personally thank the brave mother that carried her child to term, kept her safe, and then exercised her rights under the safe haven law and surrendered her newborn in our box. She is healthy and perfect," said Monica Kelsey, Founder and CEO of Safe Haven Baby Boxes.

The newborn has been released from the hospital and in custody of the Department of Child Services to start the standard safe haven surrender process for finding her a forever family. The Department of Child Services is working to have this child with her adoptive family within 30 days.

Safe Haven Baby Boxes staffs a 24-hour National hotline (1-866-99BABY1) that gives women in crisis the opportunity to reach out for help and get the information they need to make a lifesaving choice for their baby.

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