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Infant left in La Porte County baby box is in good health, say police

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On Tuesday crews were dispatched to the Coolspring Twp. Volunteer Fire Department after an alarm in their safe haven baby box sounded. Inside was a newborn infant.

“When this box was installed, we hoped that it would never be used, yet we’re thankful that it exists for cases just like the one Tuesday night,” said Coolspring Fire Chief Mick Pawlick. “We are grateful that the mother had this option and made this choice, and we remain concerned for her health.”

The infant was taken to Franciscan St. Anthony’s hospital in Michigan City, and police say the child appeared to be healthy.

Indiana has a safe haven law that allows mothers to give up newborns without fear of arrest or prosecution. The heated safe haven box installed at the fire department is the second device like it to be installed in America.

WSBT 22’s Hilary Powell is following this story. She’ll have updates starting at 4 on WSBT 22 News.

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