This little girl has more courage than the baby’s cowardly mother. Glad they were able to save the child. Being that Indiana is a ‘Safe Haven’ state… this should not have happened.
A newborn baby was abandoned for possibly several hours in the backyard of a northwest Indiana home amid extremely hot temperatures Monday, police said.
The baby was discovered just before 11 a.m. by a 9-year-old girl, who found the infant in the backyard of her family’s home in the 18000 block of White Oak Avenue in Lowell, according to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.
The newborn girl was wrapped in a black towel and had her umbilical cord and placenta still attached, the sheriff’s office said. Though it was not clear how long the baby was left outside, a preliminary investigation revealed she had been left for anywhere from several hours to one day, the sheriff’s office said in a release.
“It’s obvious that this child, from the medical reports, was born just a few hours before it was found,” said Sheriff John Buncich. “It could have been overnight.”
Temperature highs reached to near 90 degrees Monday.
The infant was taken to St. Anthony’s Hospital for emergency medical treatment and is expected to make a full recovery. Buncich said the baby was being treated for sun burns, but was otherwise a “healthy young girl.”
Heidi Laub said her 9-year-old daughter Elysia Laub found the infant in a rural area near a creek in their backyard.
“I just saw pink legs kicking away,” Elysia Laub told NBC Chicago. “I knew it was alive and I knew we had something. I could not second guess myself. I knew we had to get help.”