Texas ‘hero’ couple rescues baby abandoned in shed wearing ‘little dress and no diaper’ – USA TODAY
A shock came to two Texas homeowners when they found a 9-month-old baby girl in their Livingston, TX, backyard shed. She was found with bruises and left abandoned without them knowing she was there. Thanks to their dog, they were able to get her help sooner than later.
According to USA Today, early Saturday morning, Katherine and John McClain checked their surveillance cameras after waking up to the sound of a truck driving away. The video showed a man without a shirt checking car doors. They later learned that a neighbor’s vehicle was stolen.
A short time later, they noticed their dog, Archie, sniffing and barking around their shed. When they opened the door, they discovered a shocking scene: a baby girl was lying on her stomach between a filing cabinet and a motorcycle.
Katharine shared with USA Today, “My dog was barking around the shed, and my husband went out there to see what was going on…. opened the door, and the baby was laying on the floor,” she had on a little dress and no diaper.”
John shared with KTRK-TV, “I turned around and told my wife, Call 911. There’s a baby in there,” He added, “She was like, ‘Huh?’ She said, ‘What are you talking about?’ I told her, Call 911.”
The McClains wrapped the baby in a towel and quickly observed bruises all over her body and face.
“I’m a mom,” Katharine McClain told KHOU, adding, “I was pretty distressed and just shocked. It still got me a little bit.”
A short time after the baby was found, police discovered the truck with the child’s father inside. The father was arrested. According to Polk County Jail records, he has been charged with abandonment and endangering a child.
The baby girl was airlifted to Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, where she is recovering. According to reports, the child required surgery for a broken leg and is now back in the care of her mother.
For more coverage on this story, see additional news sources below:
- Texas ‘hero’ couple rescues baby abandoned in shed wearing ‘little dress and no diaper’ USA TODAY
- Dad Who Should’ve Been in Jail Somehow Abandons His Baby and Steals a Truck, Cops Say The Daily Beast
- Abandoned Baby With Broken Leg Sniffed Out by Dog in Family’s Backyard Shed Newsweek
- ‘Call 911, there’s a baby’ | Livingston family rescues baby they found in backyard shed KHOU
- Father charged for leaving abandoned baby in strangers’ Livingston shed KRTK