Woman utilizes Indiana Safe Haven Law, drops off baby at fire station
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Mar. 11, 2016)– The Indianapolis Fire Department says a child was successfully dropped off Friday at a fire station under the Indiana Safe Haven Law.
The boy is 30 days old and is now is custody of Child Protective Services. The child was dropped off by a woman.
The baby was clean, fed, content and uninjured. All requirements under the Indiana Safe Haven Law.
The woman left supplies for the baby before she left the station.
IFD says the incident shows the importance of the law and that it works when used properly.
Under the Indiana Safe Haven Law, a child between the ages of 1-30 days may be securely placed into the hands of authorities at a Fire Station, Police Station or Hospital Emergency Room if the parents feel they are unable to properly care for that child. No questions will be asked and all parties may remain anonymous.
Firefighters say that the woman did the right thing by bringing the baby to the fire house and physically making contact with personnel before leaving.
Under the law, the woman provided only as much information as she was willing to give which ultimately helps offer the baby the best chance at long term survival and well-being.
Another successful case of a baby being dropped off was seen earlier this month.