2nd newborn left in Ind. fire dept. ‘baby box’

The Safe Haven Baby Box was used for a second time in just a few months at the Coolspring Township Volunteer Fire Department

By FireRescue1 Staff

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. — A second newborn was left in a fire department’s Safe Haven Baby Box.

Northwest Indiana Times reported that Lt. Chuck Kohler discovered the baby at the Coolspring Township Volunteer Fire Department on Sunday night, and the infant appeared to be in good health, according to Assistant Fire Chief Warren Smith.

The baby was transported to the hospital, and Chief Smith said he is glad the mother made the right choice.

"We are excited - another life saved," Chief Smith said. "We just have to thank the mother for doing the right thing."

The Safe Haven box was created by Monica Kelsey and silently contacts 911 first when it is opened, and again when motion sensors detect that a baby has been placed inside. The person leaving the baby can also press a button to contact 911 again.

Once the baby is inside, the box can only be opened from inside the fire station. It also has a heater to keep the baby warm.

In November, a 7-pound baby girl was found in the Safe Haven box, marking the first time it had been used.


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