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Safe Haven Baby Box installed in Johnson County

Greenwood unveils baby box

GREENWOOD, Ind. (WISH) — Indiana’s 21st Safe Haven Baby Box was unveiled Friday at the White River Township Fire Station.

Indiana’s Safe Haven Law allows mothers of newborns to anonymously surrender the child to any emergency medical services provider, including hospitals and fire departments.

Two years ago, Greenwood residents Phil and Misty Harger received an exciting call from Safe Haven Baby Box. The two would soon be parents to a little girl who was dropped off at a fire station in Michigan City. The fire chiefs had named her “Baby Hope.”

The Hargers adopted Hope the following year and named her Grace.

Phil Harger said, “She is a dream child. She is awesome. She sleeps all through the night. She is beautiful.”

The first Safe Haven Baby Box was installed in 2016. Since the first installment, leaders of the Baby Box organization say the state has not had one death of an abandoned infant.

It’s the Hargers’ hope for all women to not be scared and know that there is an option.

The box is at the White River Township station at 366 N. Morgantown Road.