Michigan City, near Chicago, US, has just installed its first ‘Safe Haven box’, a high-tech box for mothers to abandon unwanted infants safely and anonymously.
The box, fitted into a wall at Michigan City fire station, uses sensors and a smart locking system to alert authorities when a baby has been placed inside.
It also contains a small mattress and incubator to keep the baby at a safe temperature.
It’s hoped the Safe Haven box will prevent mothers abandoning babies dangerously, as well as supporting Indiana’s Safe Haven Law which allows a parent 30 days to anonymously give up an infant.
The idea of the Safe Haven box came from Monica Kelsey, a paramedic at the Michigan City fire station who was herself abandoned at just a few days old. She got the idea when visiting a church in South Africa, she told ABC7 Chicago.