On Sunday evening, emergency responders were dispatched to the Coolspring Township Volunteer Fire Department in reference to the La Porte County E-911 Regional Dispatch Center receiving an alarm from the “Indiana Safe Haven Baby Box”. Shortly after the dispatch, Mr. Charles Kohler, a Coolspring Township Volunteer Firefighter, arrived and immediately went to the “Baby Box”. Mr. Kohler reported to a Sheriff’s Deputy that upon opening the “Baby Box”, he located an infant inside. Mr. Kohler removed the infant from the “Baby Box” to medically evaluate the baby. A La Porte County Emergency Medical Service Ambulance arrived a short time later. The infant was transported to Franciscan St. Anthony’s Hospital in Michigan City. The infant appeared to be healthy and not have any major health problems. Upon the arrival of Sheriff’s Deputies to St. Anthony’s, they learned the Indiana Department of Child Services had already been contacted by hospital employees.The “Indiana Safe Haven Baby Box” was installed in April of 2016. The “Baby Box” was first utilized on in November of 2017 when an infant was left inside. Indiana Code permits a newborn infant to be surrendered without fear of arrest or prosecution.This box is one of only two that have been installed at fire station in the United States.
April 9th, 2018|Local News|