Infant Saved by Michigan City Safe Haven Baby Box

By St. Joseph County Right to Life | November 9, 2017, 10:12am

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — This past April, SEA 246 expanded Indiana's Safe Haven law by allowing the installation of baby safes, temperature controlled units that alert emergency personnel if a baby is surrendered anonymously at designated locations. 

Several months later, a safe haven baby box was installed at a local fire station in Michigan City, Indiana, the second baby box to be installed in the state. These two are the only known baby boxes in the United States, though many other states have similar safe haven laws in which a mother can surrender her baby directly to emergency personnel--albeit without anonymity.

This past Tuesday, November 7, emergency personnel were alerted as an infant was surrendered at this location. Emergency personnel estimate that the baby was only about one hour old, still having its umbilical cord attached. The baby was immediately transported via ambulance to the local hospital and was found to be healthy and in good condition. 

Assistant Chief Warren Smith of Coolspring Township Fire Department said, "I would really like to thank the mother who did this, for doing the right thing. She stepped up to the plate and did the right thing by turning the baby into the baby box instead of us finding the baby in a ditch, in the wood lines, or a dumpster like we hear so many horrible stories." 

To learn more details and hear the reactions of emergency personnel, check out this news video

This is a clear instance in which Indiana's commitment to pro-life legislation and the heroic courage of a birth mother has resulted in an actual life saved.