MUSKEGON, Mich. (WOOD) — A new push in Muskegon aims to protect newborns and let their mothers know where safe haven facilities are located in the community.
Bright yellow signs with black lettering which reads “Safe Baby Haven” in both English and Spanish are being posted at locations where mothers can leave unwanted babies in the care of emergency providers like police officers and firefighters and hospital staffers.
The signs have already gone up at police and three fire departments, including those at 14677 Marquette Ave., 1836 Robinson St. and 770 Terrace St.
Under Michigan’s Safe Haven Law, parents can leave a child up to 72-hours-old at an emergency provider with no questions asked.
The signs went up just over a month after a newborn’s body was found near Trinity Manor Senior Housing in Muskegon.
Jessica Brewster, the mother of the baby, has since been charged with open murder in her daughter’s death.
Muskegon Public Safety Director Jeffrey Lewis told 24 Hour News 8 Friday that the newborn’s death made his department realize it needed to do more to prevent the situation from happening again.
“We felt like we needed to revisit so the young people would understand if they were faced with this — what they could do with the newborn child and not face any criminal charges or retribution that they were giving up their child,” Lewis said.
For more on Michigan’s safe haven law, check out the National Safe Haven Alliance website.