Investigators: Safe Haven Law could have prevented baby’s death

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Investigators say they are following all leads to track down the parents of a baby who was found in a creek Sunday.

The child’s remains were found behind homes in the 1500 block of Fenwick Avenue on the east side.

Police said the child is a boy around the age of a newborn. The cause and manner of the infant’s death are still under investigation, pending autopsy results.

Investigators say this could have all been prevented by Indiana’s Safe Haven Law.

The Safe Haven Law protects children and parents in all 50 states. It allows a distressed parent to give up an unwanted infant safely, legally and confidentially at a hospital, EMS provider, police department or fire station.

In Indiana, a parent has up to 45 days to do so.

States differ on the amount of time a parent has, but the goal is the same — no one ever has to abandon a child again.

Illinois and Ohio allow 30 days for parents, Kentucky and Michigan allow just three days.

Dozens of children’s lives have been saved here in Indiana since the law went into effect 13 years ago this month.

If you have any information regarding this case or the identity or whereabouts of the boy’s mother, please contact IMPD at 317-327-3475 or Crime Stoppers at 317-262-8477.

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