Safe Haven baby boxes to debut in Indiana

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ANDERSON, Ind. — Leaders of Safe Haven baby boxes plan to unveil the nation's first baby box in Indiana Tuesday.

The baby boxes are an extension of Indiana's Safe Haven law and work as a last resort for parents who want to drop off their newborns at fire departments, police stations and hospitals and want to stay anonymous.

"We're super excited about this," President and Founder of Safe Haven Baby Boxes Monica Kelsey said. "We're hoping no more babies are ever abandoned in the state of Indiana."

Kelsey was dumped as a baby said she got the idea of baby boxes while visiting South Africa. The boxes are about the size of a microwave have a three alarms that go off to alert first responders a baby has been dropped off. The boxes are also able to heat or cool off the baby depending on the time of year.

BJ Mahoney, who was dumped in an alley at birth, is an advocate for the baby boxes.

"These boxes are placed in a relatively private area where mothers can safely surrender (their babies)," Mahoney said. "They don't have to look anyone in the eye and they are doing the best thing for them and that baby."

The first baby box will be unveiled at the fire department Kelsey works at in Woodburn. The group plans to unveil the second box later this week.

The Knights of Columbus have agreed to pay for the first 100 baby boxes in Indiana, Kelsey said.  Organizers are currently trying to decide where the remaining baby boxes will be placed around the state based off needs.