CARMEL, Ind.— For the second time this month, a baby has been dropped off at a Safe Haven baby box at a fire station in Carmel.
It happened at the Carmel Fire Department Station #45 on North College Avenue last week. The baby boxes offer a way for parents to safely and anonymously drop off newborn babies they are unable or unwilling to care for.
“Last week, I got a text message that said, ‘FYI, we got a second baby in our box. We’re headed to the hospital.’ My response was, ‘Shut the F up,’ said Monica Kelsey, founder and CEO of Safe Haven Baby Boxes, in a news conference on Wednesday at the Carmel Fire Station.
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Kelsey said nothing like this has happened to them.
“This is the first time in Safe Haven Baby Box history that we’ve had two babies in the same box days apart,” said Kelsey. The last baby that was dropped off at the Carmel station was on April 5.
“No one has seen this parent bring this child here. That is the beauty of the baby box. These parents get the anonymity that they want. Here in Carmel, we’re now giving it to these parents,” said Kelsey.
Also earlier this month, there was another healthy baby dropped off at Franciscan Health Hammond in northwestern Indiana.