Senator plans to work on law to allow baby boxes in Indiana

(AP) — An Indiana senator says he plans to work on legislation that would allow the use of baby boxes in which a mother could anonymously give up her newborn.

Sen. Travis Holdman, a Republican from Markle, said Friday he plans to begin work on the legislation after learning about concerns Department of Child Services Director Mary Beth Bonaventura has about baby boxes. In letters obtained Thursday by The Associated Press, Bonaventura wrote that a parent who used a baby box could be charged with child abandonment.

Holdman says there are a lot of issues that the General Assembly has to look at, including regulations for the boxes, a system of inspecting the boxes and requirements about how organizations keep them up.