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Ind. officer, wife adopt baby surrendered in Safe Haven baby box

The couple was in the process of finalizing the adoption of their 8-year-old daughter when they received a call about an abandoned baby


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By Ashley Silver

MISHAWAKA, Ind. — An Indiana police officer and his wife shared their touching adoption journey recently, detailing how a one-day-old infant abandoned in a Safe Haven baby box became a part of their family.

According to FOX News, Officer Bruce Faltynski and his wife, Shelby, were in the process of finalizing the adoption of 8-year-old Kaia, who they’d been fostering for a year, when they received a call about a baby that had been left in a Safe Haven baby box.

The Safe Haven box is a safety device provided under Indiana’s Safe Haven Law, which legally permits a mother in crisis to safely, securely and anonymously surrender an infant up to 30 days old at a designated location without any criminal penalties, as long as they do not show signs of abuse.

Shelby told FOX she was unaware Safe Haven baby boxes existed until she and her husband received a call from the Department of Child Services about the 1-day-old girl they named Myah.

“We have nothing but just respect and admiration, and truly, truly a heart of gratitude for Myah’s mom for her courageous and brave decision,” Shelby told FOX.