Infant Girl Safely Surrendered In 'Baby Box' In Indiana

Nancy Harty
September 11, 2019 - 8:51 pm

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(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The Indiana Department of Child Services is looking for an adoptive family for a newborn surrendered at a Hammond hospital last week. 

Someone put a newborn girl in the climate-controlled baby box at Franciscan Health Hospital last Friday. 

Monica Kelsey, founder and CEO of Safe Haven Baby Boxes, says the woman was from Illinois.

Kelsey believes the new mom chose that location because of its proximity to Chicago and because Indiana doesn't require new parents to surrender babies to another person.

Illinois has a Safe Haven Law that allows parents to relinquish a baby less than a month old at a hospital, police station or fire house. But they must give the newborn to a staffer.

Kelsey says the baby box at the hospital just opened last month and this surrender is the 59th baby given up through the program.