Safe Haven Baby Boxes Founder Monica Kelsey stands next to a Kentucky Safe Haven Baby Box sign. (Photo courtesy of Safe Haven Baby Boxes) The first infant in Kentucky was anonymously left at one of the state's "baby box" safe surrender locations after a new state law allowed newborns to be dropped off anonymously.Safe Haven Baby Boxes founder and CEO Monica Kelsey said at a news conference Friday the child was dropped off within the prior week at a Bowling Green Fire Department location, and that fire department staff was able to tend to the child in less than 90 seconds.This is the 24th child in the country to be surrendered at one of more than 130 baby boxes and drawers established across nine states by Safe Haven Baby Boxes."This baby is healthy.
This baby is beautiful. This baby is perfect," Kelsey said, adding that officials are now looking to place the child in a "forever home."KY PROSECUTOR WHO IS FACING IMPEACHMENT FOR OFFERING FAVORS IN EXCHANGE FOR NUDE PHOTOS SUBMITS RESIGNATIONFriday's surrender comes after Kentucky Gov.
Andy Beshear, D, signed a law in 2021 allowing infants 30 days old or younger to be dropped off at baby boxes. The law requires the boxes to be located at police stations, fire stations, or hospitals that are staffed 24 hours a day and also mandates that these locations be equipped with a notification system to alert staff on site that a child was dropped off.Safe Haven Baby Boxes Founder Monica Kelsey speaks at an event with a Kentucky Safe Haven Baby Box sign behind her.
(Photo courtesy of Safe Haven Baby Boxes) Kentucky currently has 16 baby box locations. The Bowling Green box had been operational for less than two months when the baby was surrendered on Friday. Safe Haven Baby Boxes are