Sen. Holdman proposes legislation expanding use of baby boxes

Published: Jan. 3, 2018 at 4:42 PM EST
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Wednesday, one senator is proposing legislation that would expand the use of baby boxes in which a mother can anonymously give up her newborn.

Republican state Sen. Travis Holdman of Markle says his bill would allow fire departments that are continually staffed to install the devices.

A state law passed last year allows for such boxes at hospitals, though none have been installed yet.

Baby boxes are heated and contain an alarm that alerts when a baby is placed inside, but child welfare authorities have voiced concerns about a lack of safeguards in place to ensure the safety of the boxes.

Senator Holdman says his latest effort helps address those concerns by only allowing the boxes to be installed continuously staffed locations.

Two fire departments that previously installed the boxes in Fort Wayne and Michigan City were also grandfathered in under the law.

Michigan City received its first newborn nicknamed “Hope” in November. She now lives with her adoptive family.