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Indiana officer and wife adopt baby girl from baby box

MISHAWAKA, Ind. (AP) – One North Indiana A policeman and his wife adopted a baby months after she was put back in a baby box where people can leave newborns anonymously at fire stations.

Mishawaka Police Officer Bruce Faltynski and his wife, Shelby, added Myah to their family Friday, National Adoption Day.

Myah was a newborn when she was delivered earlier this year to a Safe Haven Baby Box in Lake County, northwest Indiana. The baby boxes are named after the Indiana Safe Haven law, which allows a person to give up a baby under 45 days old anonymously and without fear of arrest or prosecution.

“We are so grateful to Myah’s birth mother. She made a really brave decision,” Shelby Faltynski told WNDU-TV.

In March, she and her husband finalized the adoption of their 8-year-old daughter, Kaia.

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Weeks later, they received a call from the Indiana Department of Children’s Services informing them that another child – the newborn the couple named Myah – also needed a home.

After her surrender, Myah was admitted to a hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit, where doctors determined she had suffered a stroke. But the Faltynskis say she is doing well now and reaching all of her youthful milestones.

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