DELAWARE COUNTY — A baby girl recently surrendered in Delaware County was the fifth infant to be surrendered safely this year under Indiana's Safe Haven Law.
The surrender happened sometime in May, according to Monica Kelsey with Safe Haven Baby Boxes.
Kelsey says the little girl was surrendered after her mother contacted the Safe Haven Hotline twice.
Indiana's Safe Haven law allows people to anonymously surrender their healthy infants at any fire station in the state without fear of criminal prosecution.
Indiana's ninth Safe Haven Baby Box was installed in Seymour earlier this month.
Baby boxes are safe incubators that have alarm systems, so 911 is notified as soon as a baby is placed inside. The baby boxes also have heating and cooling features.
The Safe Haven Baby Box organization also staffs a 24-hour hotline (1-866-99BABY1), so parents can talk to trained professionals about possibly surrendering their baby.
Two infants have been surrendered inside Safe Haven Baby Boxes since the first was installed in 2016, according to the organization. Two other babies have been surrendered at fire stations with Safe Haven Baby Boxes in Indiana.