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Infant Surrendered to New Mexico Safe Haven Baby Box

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An infant was safely surrendered to a Safe Haven Baby Box at a Belen Fire Department station in New Mexico.

The state has implemented these boxes to prevent newborn abandonment after a previous incident where a mother discarded her baby in a dumpster.

The boxes, placed in various locations, provide a secure way for at-risk mothers to leave their newborns, triggering an alarm to alert responders or hospital staff.

“There’s three human beings now that I believe are in this world, because those boxes have been put in place,” Sen. Gregory Baca said.

“The most tragic thing that we can imagine would be a parent that just gave birth, being in such a situation that they feel they have no other alternative but to, you know, place their newborn in a dumpster or some other receptacle,” Baca said.

The initiative has received state funding, with plans to expand the program to more rural areas where access to hospitals is limited.

“In the rural parts of the state, I think it’s more of a priority. Those are areas where hospitals are not as readily available. And so, you know, it gives these people a place to go somewhat close to them or closer to them,” Baca said.

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