INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – It happened two times in five months.
Twice someone abandoned a baby in Michigan City.
Each time the newborn was protected from the elements thanks to a Safe Haven Baby Box.
The Safe Haven Law was put in place to create a way for a mom to surrender her newborn without the fear of criminal prosecution.
Right now the boxes are outside of fire stations. The boxes are equipped with heating and cooling features. Once a baby is placed inside, an alarm is triggered to notify first responders that a baby is inside. Crews will arrive to the scene within three to five minutes.
Linda Znachko, with He Knows Your Name, applauds the efforts of the Safe Haven boxes.
In 2014, a body of a newborn was found near a wooded area wrapped in a T-shirt. Police had no details to identify the baby.
Znachko gave the newborn a name: Amelia. She later held a funeral, funded a burial plot and provided a headstone for the baby.
“To think this is working and that moms are finding this anonymous safe surrender is key for them is such a blessing,” said Znachko.
Amelia’s footprint has been used as an image on the Safe Haven boxes. It is estimated that the boxes will cost anywhere from $6,000-10,000.
If you would like to donate to help create more Safe Haven boxes, click here.