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“Guardian Angel” discovers abandoned one-day old baby

by | Jul 14, 2016

9-year-old says God helped her find the little girl

By Dave Andrusko

Elysia Laub (above) discovered an abandoned newborn baby in the backyard of her Lowell, Indiana home.

Elysia Laub (above) discovered an abandoned newborn baby in the backyard of her Lowell, Indiana home.

Nine-year-old Elysia Laub was heading to the family pool when she noticed something moving. Initially she couldn’t make out what the object she’d spotted in her back yard covered in maggots was.

Whatever it was, it was “small and pink that was crying and kicking its little legs in the backyard of her home,” according to Chris Spargo of the Daily Mail.

A piglet which had escaped from its pen on the family farm in Lowell, Indiana?

No, it was a newborn baby with her placenta and umbilical cord still attached!

“’I knew it was alive and I knew we had something,” Elysia said. “I could not second guess myself. I knew we had to get help.”

She ran inside, got her mother.

“I thought it was a robotic doll,” Heidi Laub told NBC Chicago. “Then I ran to the baby and scooped it up and I said, “Elysia run to the house and call 911 as soon as possible.”

“It’s obvious that this child, from the medical reports, was born just a few hours before it was found,’ said Sheriff John Buncich, who added that she could have been left out overnight. Spargo writes that the baby “would have likely died had she spent a few more hours in the yard undiscovered, which has earned her the nickname ‘Miracle Jane Doe.’”

We’re considering Elysia the guardian angel of that infant,” Sheriff Buncich told CBS News.

However “I didn’t do this myself,” Elysia said. “Somebody helped me.”


“God,” the girl said.

Indiana has what is called a “Safe Haven” law which allows mothers to put their babies at a designated place without fear of prosecution.

Authorities are running tests, trying to determine who are the baby girl’s parents. As of yesterday, reports were she was fine and being treated at St. Anthony hospital.

Categories: Infants