Miracle Baby Who Was Pulled Out From Mother's Womb Is All Grown Up And Having A Good Time With Her Dad
Fetal abduction could be described as a gruesome crime. It involves the terrifying act of preying on expectant mothers and robbing them of their baby by snatching it from their womb. Many mothers don't get to survive the horrific experience.
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Although very rare, its rate has increased over the last few decades. There were four recorded cases between 1983 and 2003, but since then there has been an increase, and 14 cases have been documented so far. This does not include attempts that were unsuccessful.
Even though it might seem rare considering the millions of births that happen yearly, each case manages to get a lot of attention because of the horrifying state the crime is often perpetrated. An instance of such is Savanna's story.
Eight months in, the wait was almost complete and Savanna, 22, was hoping to meet her baby soon. She was expecting it with her long-term boyfriend Ashton Matheny, 23, and lived in with her family, who had a neighbor named Brooke Crews, 38. Unknown to Savanna, Brooke had the worst in mind for her.
On August 19, 2017, Brooke convinced Savanna to help her model a dress she was working on, offering $20 as payment. The expectant mother, trusting her neighbor, followed her to the Fargo apartment she shared with her boyfriend Hoehn, and it was here that she was attacked.
As revealed from police investigations after Brooke was apprehended, she had fought with Savanna before the terrible act was carried out. Fortunately, the baby survived.
Now, it's been 16 months since the horrible incident, and a whole lot has happened for the family.
Brooke pleaded guilty and was sent to prison, and Savanna's baby, Haisley Jo, is all grown up with her dad, Matheny.
The father claims it has not been easy, but he's received a lot of support that has helped keep him going. He's more concerned with taking care of Halsey.
Sometimes, he lets the little girl stay with her grandparents, Savanna's parents, while he studies in a local college.
'She has a lot of personality,' he said to PEOPLE about Halsey, and claimed he still misses Savanna and talks to their daughter about her constantly.
Matheny says that although Haisley is too young to understand who Santa Claus is, she loves getting gifts. She has also started walking and learned new words like ‘Daddy’ and ‘Mommy.’
There are other recently reported terrible cases of fetal child abduction. An example is Dynel Lane, a woman who lost her child in a drowning accident and became desperate.
She tried to steal another woman's child by knocking her unconscious and removing the baby from her womb after finding her through an advertisement on Craigslist. Fortunately, the mom survived and Dynel was caught.
How to prevent baby abduction
Perpetrators of fetal abduction are often psychotic and are willing to go to dangerous lengths. However, maintaining extreme caution through your pregnancy period, and after the birth, can help prevent being a victim.
First, be wary of strangers who try to become unusually close since you became pregnant, as this is a common trend among child abductors. Secondly, be cautious with your movements in unfamiliar or non-public places.
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In order to prevent after-birth abductions in medical centers, get to know those in charge of taking care of your babies, such as nurses and doctors, well. Do not allow unidentified strangers come in contact with your baby, and ensure that you never leave them unguarded or alone in the room.
Having a child is one of the happiest moments in a woman's life. However, there are some people out there who will rob them of that happiness if given a chance. This is why it is essential to be very careful, for both the mother and baby's safety.