LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KATV) — An infant that was less than 24 hours old was safely surrendered to a Safe Haven Baby Box, according to officials.
The Benton Fire Department in Arkansas said Fire Station 3's alarm sounded on the baby box on the outside of the building.
After being transported to Arkansas Children's Hospital and checked out by medical professionals, the Department of Human Services (DHS) took the baby into custody.
"I am so thankful this parent chose a safe option for their child. We may never know the reason they used this baby box, but we do know how much they loved their baby," CEO and Founder of Safe Haven Baby Box, Monica Kelsey said after being told the baby was healthy and safe.
The city of Benton offered its thoughts and prayers to the mother that made the brave decision and praised everyone involved that looked after the infant.
There was an infant surrendered into our Safe Haven Baby Box Tuesday night. The baby was healthy and well cared for, obviously loved," Chief Evans said. "It is my understanding the mother traveled from out of state to surrender her baby as her state does not offer this anonymous and safe option. To the mother, thank you for your decision and for allowing the Benton Fire Department to be a part of your journey. Please know your child is healthy and stunningly handsome. God Bless You.