One day in rural Indiana, when the sun was shining and the sky was blue, a 9-year-old girl felt something. It was not a normal feeling like joy, anger, or disgust – but something bigger, grander. It compelled Elysia Laub to leave her home and walk into her backyard. She knew it was crazy to listen to the “voice in her head,” but Laub also knew that sometimes God sent messages in strange ways.
Just as she was about to turn around and go back home, Laub heard something. It was a sound like crying. Then, she found the shocking sight of a newborn baby hidden and abandoned among the bushes in her family’s backyard.
And because this 9-year-old guardian angel listened to the call of God, she was able to save the life of the newborn baby, who has been nicknamed “Miracle Jane Doe.”
Hear more about Laub’s divine inspiration and the baby’s fate below!
When she found the child, the baby was helpless and all alone. And the baby was really hungry.
“I just saw pink legs kicking away,” she 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.”
Because her little hard did not understand the depravity that some adults descend to, she assumed the baby was a pig or a battery-operated doll. But upon closer look, she could not deny the truth – it was a newborn human baby abandoned to the fate of the world.
The naked and crying newborn girl was terrified. Because she was raised right, Elysia Laub ran to get her mother, who didn’t believe her daughter one bit. But then she followed her and found the atrocious sight of the abandoned baby.
Mrs. Laub scooped the baby up and wrapped her in a blanket, and then called 911.
The police rushed right over because this was an emergency, unlike anything they had ever experienced before in this rural part of Indiana. When they did some tests, they concluded that Miracle Jane Doe had been abandoned for at least several hours before Elysia heeded the voice of God and found the child.
Not only was the newborn abandoned, she suffered sun burns and was covered with bugs. Plus, the baby’s umbilical cord was still attached. Police knew then that she had been dumped after delivery.
Sherriff John Buncich said, “[It’s] a miracle that Elysia was out there to find her.”
When asked about how she had found the baby, Elysia gave all the credit to God.
“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.”
And Mrs. Laub completely agrees with her little guardian angel.
“This is a miracle that we found her. God really put my daughter out there to get to save this baby. She is fine.” Mrs. Laub says.
Police hope to find Miracle Jane Doe’s real mother. And Mrs. Laub and Elysia ask everyone to keep the newborn in our prayers.
“If we’d have gone out there even an hour or two later, with the 90-degree weather, she wouldn’t have made it,” she said. “It’s a miracle she survived, and I pray (the birth mother) gets the help she needs, because she’s clearly hurting, too.”
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