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Mississippi city proposes newborn safe haven wall box

LONG BEACH, Miss. (AP) — Long Beach has become the first Mississippi city to preliminarily give approval to a so-called baby box, where parents can leave their infant anonymously and safely. The Gazebo Gazette reports that the city's Board of Aldermen voted unanimously Tuesday night to allow installation of such a box in the city.

The nonprofit group Safe Haven Baby Boxes Inc. says they get installed in an outer wall of a police station, fire station or hospital. There's an outside and an inside door, and a silent alarm that goes off when the outer door is opened. A second sensor goes off when a baby is placed in the medical-grade bassinette.