CROWN POINT — A newborn baby was surrendered Thursday evening in a baby box at a fire station in Northwest Indiana.
The Safe Haven Baby Box at the Crown Point fire station where the baby was surrendered became available to the public in November.
The baby is the fourth to be surrendered in a baby box in the past two years and the second to be surrendered in the past three months, according to information from Safe Haven Baby Boxes.
“This mother loved this child and it takes a very special person to want what’s best for a child," Monica Kelsey, the founder of Safe Haven Baby Boxes, said in a release. "That’s the ultimate act of selflessness. I’m so thankful she chose a safe place to surrender her child and not a dumpster or trash can like we see too many times."
The Crown Point baby box is one of 17 in Indiana. A 17th baby box was introduced Friday in New Haven, and there are now 21 boxes in three states.
“We are proud to have this resource available for Indiana mothers,” Crown Point fire chief Dave Crane said in a release. “We want the mother involved to rest assured that this infant will have everything it needs, including a chance at a beautiful life.”
Women who are considering surrendering their baby can call the Safe Haven Baby Boxes Crisis Line at 1-866-99Baby1 to speak with a licensed counselor.