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First Infant Surrendered to Missouri’s Safe Haven Box

via WTHR
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A newborn baby was surrendered to Missouri’s only Safe Haven Baby Box location at the Mehlville Fire Protection District (MFPD) House 2.

The baby, a few hours old, is safe and under state care for adoption.

These baby boxes, designed to prevent newborn abandonment, are temperature-controlled incubators placed in exterior walls of fire stations, police stations, and hospitals.

Monica Kelsey, CEO and founder of Safe Haven Baby Boxes, said, “We have this location that months ago invested in this program that has already seen it pay dividends.”

“The key is that we are prepared for this situation, not reactionary. We are proud of this selfless mother and grateful for her trusting us to help her and her infant,” she continued.

Fire Chief Brian Hendricks said, “MFPD is committed to making a difference in the lives of those we serve and safeguarding the most vulnerable members of our community.”

“The surrender of a baby to us is an example of how we make that difference, and this act protects not only the life of the infant but also that of the birth mother who entrusted us with the care of her child,” added the chief.

At-risk mothers can anonymously and legally place their babies inside, triggering an alarm to alert responders or hospital staff.

The surrendered baby’s information has been entered into a database, and the process has been smooth, highlighting the preparedness of the facility.

This surrender marks the fourth in 2024, and there are 200 Safe Haven Baby Box locations across the United States.

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