FERDINAND, Ind. (WEHT) — The 46th Safe Haven Baby Box in Indiana was unveiled in Ferdinand Thursday.
The box, located at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center Ambulance Station, 202 E. 3rd Street, has heating and cooling features.
Indiana’s 2000 Safe Haven Law allows people to anonymously surrender their healthy newborn
without fear of criminal prosecution at any fire station, police station or hospital as long as the child
appears to be 30 days or less and unharmed. The Safe Haven Baby Box is a final resource for
women in crisis who want 100% anonymity to ensure a safe surrender of their baby.
Two local students helped make this box a reality.
“Last September, we just had the idea over a dinner table. And now it’s came to, like, this whole big thing where we’re saving a baby’s life. I think it’s pretty cool that at 14 years old we can do that,” student Tori Hemmerlein said.
Since 2016, Safe Haven Baby Boxes says there there have been a total of 9 babies placed inside the boxes, with 5 of these taking place in 2020.
(This story was originally published on October 14, 2020)