I don’t know about you, but I don’t think it’s that common for you to find an actual newborn human baby, umbilical cord still attached, in a bush in your backyard.
Well, that’s exactly what Elysia Laub found in her yard last year.
Elysia, who was 9 back then, felt like going outside. She went in her yard, and then she heard something strange.
When she saw something pink behind the bushes, she thought she was going crazy.
“I just saw pink legs kicking away,” Elysia said. “I knew it was alive and I knew we had something. I could not second guess myself. I knew we had to get help.”
An abandoned baby?
At first she thought that one of the two pigs that the family owned gave birth, but quickly realized that it wasn’t so, and immediately called her mother, Heidi, and at first, the mother thought that her daughter had been dreaming a little bit too much, but when she saw the umbilical cord, she immediately went and picked up the baby.
“I ran to the baby and scooped it up and I said, ‘Elysia run to the house and call 911 as soon as possible,’” Heidi recalled. “I got to the house and we put one of our baby blankets around her.”
Police arrived on the spot very quickly, and after a bit of examination, confirmed that the mother had abandoned the baby several hours before Elysia and Heidi found it. The baby, whose name came to be Jane Doe, had her skin sunburnt and was covered with bugs, but she was fine thanks to Elysia locating her on time.
“[It’s] a miracle that Elysia was out there to find her,” Sherriff John Buncich said.
“This is a miracle we found her,” she said. “God put my daughter out there to save that baby. She is fine. This is really a good story.”
Ever since this incident, the mother of Jane Doe was found but as she was (and may still be) a minor, the Lowell Police Department couldn’t give any more information on the matter.
Elysia is being called a hero for rescuing Jane Doe, but she can’t take all the credit.
“If I wasn’t there and God didn’t tell my brain – if my brain didn’t make me go over there, we would find a dead baby in the yard this afternoon,” Elysia said. “It would be much worse and much different,” Elysia stated.