Man uses Safe Haven Law, drops newborn baby off at Indianapolis fire department

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4 Fast Facts:

  1. A young man dropped off a newborn at an Indianapolis fire station just before 7 a.m. Wednesday
  2. The man was utilizing Indiana’s Safe Haven law
  3. The baby was just a day old and was not born inside a hospital
  4. Officials say the baby appeared in good health and was clean

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (March 2, 2016)— A newborn baby was dropped off at a fire station early Wednesday morning.

According to officials with the Indianapolis Fire Department, a man who wished to remain anonymous dropped the baby off at IFD Station 30 at 2440 Tibbs Ave. around 6:40 a.m.

The man, described to be around 25 years old, was utilizing the Safe Haven Law, which allows parents who feel they are unable to provide care to safely place the newborn into the hands of authorities without fear of being arrested or prosecuted. The law requires the child to be younger than 30 days old and taken to a hospital emergency room, fire station or police station in Indiana. As long as there are no signs of intentional abuse on the baby, no information is required of the person leaving the baby.

Firefighters at the station reported the man said the baby was 1 day old and was not born in a hospital. He did not disclose where the birth occurred. Officials said the baby appeared to be in good health and was wearing a clean diaper. The baby’s umbilical cord was cut and clamped with a hair clip, said officials.

Authorities at the station gave the anonymous man a pamphlet to bring back to the baby’s mother. After inquiring about the status of the mother, officials said the man stated the mother was OK and did not need medical assistance.

“Firefighters say that while clearly nervous the man did the right thing by bringing the baby to the fire house and physically making contact with personnel before leaving. Under the law the man provided only as much information as he was willing to give which ultimately helps offer the baby the best chance at long term survival and well-being,” said IFD Battalion Chief Rita Reith.

The baby was transported to Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health.

Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) made the following statement

“Today we celebrate the success of Indiana’s Safe Haven Law in saving the life of a child. Sixteen years ago, we dealt with the tragedy of a baby being left out in the cold by its parents and dying.

“We created the Safe Haven Law to help ensure that would never happen again. I not only celebrate the life of this baby, but the decision the parent made to bring the baby to safety.”

For more information about the Safe Haven Law, click here.

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