Hobbs community celebrates new Safe Haven Baby Box at Fire Station

Baby Box saves newborn’s life in Hobbs

A newborn’s life was saved after the baby was placed in the City of Hobbs’ newly-installed Baby Box on Saturday, Sept. 23.

The baby was placed safe and sound inside the incubated compartment at Fire Station 1 in Hobbs around midday, the city stated.

As soon as the Baby Box’s compartment door closed, the Box’s safety alarm notified staff within the building, key personnel and dispatch. The newborn was immediately transported to Covenant Health Hobbs Hospital for examination and treatment, according to the city.

Hobbs City Manager Manny Gomez called the incident “a miracle.”

“This is all that could be hoped for in such a situation, and staff are elated that the Safe Haven Baby Box served its purpose perfectly and a new life was saved,” Gomez said. “This device has created a safer environment for newborn babies and families in our community.”

Gomez thanked Monica Kelsey with Gallegos for their work and funding to make the device possible.

“Lastly, I commend the Hobbs Fire Department for their diligence, sensitivity and care during this situation,” Gomez said.

All police and fire stations and hospitals are considered safe haven sites under New Mexico law. A new born baby up to 90 days old may be surrendered at one of these sites without worry of reprecussion.

The Baby Box at Fire Station 1 in Hobbs is environmentally controlled, secure, safe — equipped with sufficient oxygen, a comfortable temperature, and a transparent door and safety alarm to immediately notify authorities when an infant is placed in the device.

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