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Second Infant Surrendered to Alabama’s First Safe Haven Baby Box

Second baby handed over to first baby in Alabama safe haven baby boxThe City of Madison announced Wednesday.

Madison Fire Rescue receives second infant through baby box at Fire Station 1, News 19 report. The baby was examined and taken to Madison Hospital for further testing, the city said.

The city said the Alabama Department of Human Resources has also been notified.

Alabama’s first baby box in Madison was used for the first time less than two weeks after opening on January 10th.

Image shows an example of a Safe Haven baby box seen in Bowling Green, Kentucky on February 10, 2023 (Grace Ramey/Daily News via AP)

Baby boxes were created to prevent parents from leaving their newborns behind and potentially dying. Baby boxes are temperature-controlled incubators that are often built into the exterior walls of fire stations, police stations, and hospitals, and can be accessed from the inside. At-risk mothers can safely and legally keep their newborns indoors. The mother then has time to evacuate before the outside door is locked and an alarm sounds to alert paramedics and hospital staff inside.

The baby will then be immediately removed and sent to the hospital for health checks. From there, the baby is usually taken into state custody and is often immediately adopted.

A group called Kids to Love led a bill passed by the Alabama state legislature in 2023 that would allow baby boxes to be installed in the state. It also expanded the state’s safe haven law, allowing mothers to surrender their children for up to 45 days instead of 72 hours.

The organization says more baby boxes are coming to Alabama, including in Prattville, Gadsden, Tuscaloosa and Opelika.

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