Teen raises $10K for community baby drop-off box, newborn discovered safe inside it less than year later

by Laura Mize · Jan 28th, 2020 11:31 am

Last Updated Jan 28th, 2020 at 12:06 pm

A newborn girl was deposited last week in the Safe Haven Baby Box at a fire department in Indiana, less than a year after a teenager raised the money to install it.

Hunter Wart, 19, mowed lawns and scrapped metal for more than a year to raise $10,000 to buy the box for the Seymour Fire Department. The baby box was installed in June 2019.

Within a minute of the girl's drop off, an alarm sounded to alert the firefighters, who cared for her until an ambulance arrived to take her to the hospital. Chief Brad Lucas said he thinks she was just an hour old. She was found to be healthy.

Wart received a lapel pin and praise from Seymour Mayor Matt Nicholson at a press conference on Friday.

"Here we are 224 days later and we've had our first baby saved by the box, and I think that's an awesome feat," Nicholson said.

Safe Haven Baby Boxes founder Monica Kelsey, who was herself an abandoned baby, said no abandoned babies have died since her organization began work in Indiana just a few years ago. The state previously saw two to three such deaths per year.


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