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Lutheran Downtown Hospital puts first Safe Haven Baby Box in Fort Wayne

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - The Safe Haven Baby Box program is expanding in Indiana.

A local hospital brought the first baby box to Fort Wayne Friday morning.

Lutheran Downtown Hospital debuted its baby box on the corner of Jackson and Van Buren streets.

Organizers demonstrated how the box works, allowing mothers in crisis to surrender an infant safely and anonymously.

Several community leaders and local politicians attended the ceremony to show support for the program.

Lutheran Downtown staff made plans for the baby box when designing the new building.

"A baby box like this keeps the infant safe, and certainly that’s a priority," said Lutheran Downtown Hospital CEO Twilla Lee. "They are ones that have no voice, so to have it here and to be able to take care of them, that’s our purpose."

This is the 107th baby box in the United States and the third in Allen County.

Organizers say baby boxes have alerted first responders to three babies this past month in Indiana, plus one in Louisville, Kentucky the day before this Fort Wayne location debuted.

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