Infant left in “Safe Haven Baby Box” in Coolspring Township Fire Department
On Tuesday night emergency responders were dispatched to the Coolspring Township Volunteer Fire Department after the La Porte County 911 Center received an alarm from the “Safe Haven Baby Box”. Coolspring Fire Chief Mick Pawlik was the first to arrive at the station, within five minutes, and found that a newborn infant had been left in the baby box. An ambulance from La Porte County Emergency Medical Service arrived a short time later and transported the infant to Franciscan St. Anthony’s hospital in Michigan City; the infant appeared to be healthy and in good condition. The Safe Haven Baby Box was installed at the fire department on April 28, 2016 and was just the second such device installed in the United States. The sheriff’s office and the Indiana Department of Children and Family Services were both notified. Indiana does have a safe haven law that allows for a newborn infant to be given up without fear of arrest of prosecution.
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