We Can Do Our Part To Prevent Child Neglect: 9-Year-Old Girl Finds A Newborn In Her Backyard And Rescues The Child
March 4, 2019 17:21 By Mambee
Stories of parents abandoning helpless, defenseless children are always heartbreaking. Bonnie Peters, executive director of the Family Support Center told Deseret News that parents who abandon their children sometimes feel like they had been abandoned themselves.
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Peters explained that some of these parents may feel isolated and without a support system to share their fears with. This could then put them into a state of desperation, which will lead them to believe the only way out is to abandon their child.
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While this is an already distressing situation, a defenseless baby fighting for their life is infinitely sadder and, sometimes, it's up to strangers to give the child a second chance at life.
A 9-year-old's kindness
9-year-old Elysia Laub became quite the hero when she decided to do what she could to help a baby who had been abandoned. According to NBC Chicago, authorities suspected that the baby had been left there several hours before Elysa found the child in the backyard of her family home.
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The newborn baby girl was reportedly wrapped in a towel with her umbilical cord and placenta still attached. Elysia told the publication that she saw the child's leg kicking and knew the baby was alive.
I knew we had something. I could not second guess myself. I knew we had to get help.
The girl immediately called for her mother; they grabbed the child then called 911. Elysia's mom, Heidi, said the baby was crying and sunburned when she was found.
She said that, while she was getting some blankets to put around the child, Elysia contacted emergency services. Thanks to Elysia, the newborn was discovered before suffering more fatal consequences.
How can you prevent child neglect
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You can do your part to protect a child. The Rapidian has some suggestions.
- Help a desperate mom-to-be: As mentioned above, the feeling of isolation can cause a parent to abandon their child. You can serve as a support system and mentor desperate young mothers or parents with financial problems.
- Become a foster parent: You can also sign up to become a foster parent for kids that face abandonment or abuse. You can provide them with a temporary home while other arrangements are made.
- Be a good friend and neighbor: Sometimes, all you need is to provide a listening ear. If you have a struggling friend or neighbor, ask them if there is something you can do help.
- Donate to families in need: If you know parents or parents-to-be who are finding it difficult to make ends meet, you can donate what you can and ease some of their burden.
Learn about these signs of child abuse so you know when a child needs your help.
Being there for an abandoned and neglected child can be as simple as pitching in however you can. Offer your friendship, support, time and whatever else you can to aid those who need it.