Newborn surrendered to Ind. firefighter under Safe Haven law

A newborn baby was surrendered to a firefighter in Indiana Sunday evening.

The baby was dropped off at the Station 74 in Decatur Twp. around 7:30 p.m., officials said.

Firefighters took the baby to the hospital for a medical evaluation, but it appeared to be healthy and well taken care of.

>> Newborn left in Safe Haven Baby Box at Indiana fire station

The Safe Haven law  allows mothers to give up newborns by dropping them off at hospitals, police stations and fire houses.

The fire station is currently installing a safe haven box . The box is climate controlled and allows mothers to safely surrender their newborns without having to look someone in the eye. Once the door is opened, a silent alarm is triggered and a 911 call is sent.

The baby is now in the custody of Indiana Department of Child Services.

Those considering leaving a baby at a safe haven location or who have questions about options can call the state's Help Me Grow hotline at 1-800-755-4769.

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