UPDATE: 7-pound newborn girl doing well after being left in Coolspring Fire Department’s Safe Haven Baby Box


Monica Kelsey, founder and president of Safe Haven Baby Boxes, speaks to the crowd during the ceremony after a baby box was installed at Coolspring Township Volunteer Fire Department in 2016. (WNLP photo by Bob Wellinski)

UPDATE: For more details on this story, click on this Northwest Indiana Times link: http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/laporte/i-opened-it-up-and-that-baby-just-looked-me/article_6d6b34aa-a9f4-5374-8ce1-6be3f4d0ed0c.html.

For WSBT-TV video of a press conference, click on this link: http://wsbt.com/news/local/baby-hope-safe-after-being-surrendered-to-safe-haven-baby-box-in-michigan-city 


Original press release from LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office: 

On Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, at 10:24 p.m., emergency responders were dispatched to the Coolspring Township Volunteer Fire Department at 7111 W CR 400 N after the LaPorte County 911 Center received an alarm from the Safe Haven Baby Box” located at the station. Coolspring Fire Chief Mick Pawlik was the first to arrive at the station, within five minutes, and found that a newborn infant (later described as a 7-pound girl with umbilical cord still attached) had been left in the baby box. An ambulance from LaPorte County Emergency Medical Service arrived a short time later and transported the infant to Franciscan St. Anthony Hospital in Michigan City; the infant appeared to be healthy and in good condition.

Chief Pawlik, who rode with the child to the hospital in the ambulance, stated: “When this box was installed we hoped that it would never be used, yet were thankful that it exists for cases just like the one Tuesday night. We are grateful that the mother had this option and made this choice and we remain concerned for her health.” The Safe Haven Baby Box was installed at the fire department on April 28, 2016, and was just the second such device installed in the United States.

The sheriff’s office and the Indiana Department of Children and Family Services were both notified. Indiana has a safe haven law that allows for a newborn infant to be given up without fear of arrest or prosecution.

(WNLP EDITOR’S NOTE: To read more about the heated baby boxes and their creator, click on this WNLP link: http://whatsnewlaporte.com/2016/04/29/safe-haven-baby-box-installed-at-coolspring-vfd-is-just-2nd-in-the-u-s/ 

6 Responses to “UPDATE: 7-pound newborn girl doing well after being left in Coolspring Fire Department’s Safe Haven Baby Box”

  1. Grandma

    Nov 08. 2017


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  2. Anon

    Nov 08. 2017

    Coolspring Township is in La Porte. If you’re talking about the City of La Porte, firefighters live at both stations and theres a lot of nearby traffic so it wouldn’t be very anonymous…

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  3. Donna

    Nov 09. 2017

    Bless the Mom-she did the right thing.

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  4. Carl Galloway

    Nov 09. 2017

    May God richly bless you for carrying your baby to term, instead of aborting her.

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  5. Jeff Barnard

    Nov 09. 2017

    I would like to echo the exact same statement as Carl Galloway above: you are brave girl to have carried your baby to full term, probably knowing that you needed to give up your baby after its birth.
    God bless you for not aborting your unborn baby.

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  6. Fay McCoy

    Nov 12. 2017

    It brings tears to my eyes, thinking of what must have gone through this Mama’s hind and heart. I applaud your courageous and selfless spirit. May God bless you always fior being so brave and for carrying your baby to full term . My prayers and thoughts are out there for you. And I pray you are ok.

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