'Baby Safe' signage campaign follows incident in Lower Mills

From left in photo taken last week at the Engine 16 stationhouse: Baby Safe Haven New England spokesperson Mackenzie Lee Clement, Boston firefighter Sheila Leahy, Fire Commissioner Jack Dempsey, and Chantelle Stallworth, Ladder 29 Boston firefighter. Katie Trojano photo

A non-profit that seeks to promote child safety joined with Boston Fire Department officials last week to promote the ‘Baby Safe Haven’ law during an event at the Engine 16 station house on Gallivan Boulevard.

Boston Fire Commissioner Jack Dempsey joined volunteers from Baby Safe Haven New England as they affixed signage near the station’s front door. Two dozen such signs were installed around the city last week— including 20 at BFD locations and one at the Carney Hospital in Dorchester. 

The signs remind parents and others that it is legal to surrender an infant of up to seven days old at a hospital, fire or police station, no-questions-asked. 

The campaign follows after a 33-year-old woman abandoned her infant in a trash can in Lower Mills on Feb. 26.

“It’s heartbreaking that women find themselves in a position where they may need to make these decisions and we’re hoping that this program will give them a safe option so that they can take care of themselves and also so that their baby survives,” said BFD Commissioner Jack Dempsey.

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