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1/3/2018 8:02:00 PM
'Baby boxes' bill expanded to include fire stations under Markle's lawmaker's bill

Niki Kelly, Journal Gazette

INDIANAPOLIS -- A Wells County lawmaker announced legislation Wednesday to expand the use of so-called baby boxes this session to include fire stations.

Sen. Travis Holdman, R-Markle, has authored Senate Bill 123 -- a continuation from a bill last year that allowed hospitals to have newborn incubators for women to drop off unwanted babies.

The 2017 effort also grandfathered two baby boxes already at fire stations in Woodburn and Michigan City.

Holdman said it's a "no-brainer" to allow other fire stations that are staffed 24 hours a day to also install baby boxes. The heated, cooled and padded incubators are attached to buildings and have an alarm that goes off when a baby is placed in one. They must be inspected monthly.

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