Police Officer and His Wife Adopt Girl Who Was Dropped Off at an Indiana Baby Box When She Was 1 Day Old

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An Indiana police officer and his wife are official parents to a little girl who was dropped off in a crate when she was less than a day old.
Bruce Faltynski, a Mishawaka police officer, and his wife Shelby Faltynski adopted their daughter Myah months after she was handed over at a Lake County location, according to Louisville's CBS affiliate WLKY.
According to the Indianapolis Star, Indiana's safe-haven law allows a person to anonymously abandon a baby younger than 30 days without fear of arrest or prosecution.
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"It just makes me think moms know they have an option," Shelby told WLKY. "Myah was truly an answer to our prayer and hopefully we were an answer to her mother's prayer as well."
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Shelby told the South Bend Station WNDU that a doctor who examined the newborn said she was less than 24 hours old when she was dropped off in the Safe Haven baby crate.
“We are so grateful to Myah's birth mother. She made a really brave decision," she said.
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Myah was initially admitted to the NICU at a local hospital, where doctors diagnosed a stroke, WNDU reported.
The baby is now doing well and is reaching her milestones, according to the broadcaster.
Myah joined the Faltynskis and their new 8-year-old sister Kaia, who was adopted by the couple in March, to finalize the adoption in court last week.
"We're just overwhelmed with gratitude," the couple said, according to WDRB. "It's been a really long wait."
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The Mishawaka Police Department, where Bruce works, did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment.
The couple celebrated bringing Myah into their family by posing with his daughters for photos posted to Shelby's Facebook page.
Shelby, who works as a nurse according to her Facebook profile, also changed her cover photo to one of her holding her smiling daughter.

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