Safe Haven Baby Box planned for North Vernon Fire Station
NORTH VERNON, Ind. (WDRB) -- A baby abandoned at Christ's Way Christ Church in southern Indiana in 2015 has inspired a community.
Looking to create a new way to safely accept infants, a proposed Safe Haven Baby Box would allow someone to anonymously drop off a baby at the North Vernon Fire Station.
Fire Chief Michael Cole said the system would cost about $10,000, which would be raised through donations.
“Once the box is closed, there is an alarm that goes off. It’s not audible outside,” Cole said. “It will be audible inside the station and at our 911 dispatch center.”
Indiana's Safe Haven law allows a parent to voluntarily drop off an infant less than 30 days old at a fire station, hospital emergency room or a police station without the fear of prosecution.
"I think it's a little more intimidating for somebody to stop by and knock on a door and say, 'I need somebody to take my child,'" Cole said.
Two boxes have already been installed at fire stations in northern Indiana.
The Knights of Columbus is holding a fundraiser lunch on July 29 from noon to 3 p.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in North Vernon.
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