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Truck driver finds 1-year-old ‘miracle baby’ crawling alone in ditch

Warning: This article discusses the issue of child neglect, which may be disturbing to some readers.

A one-year-old boy was dubbed a “miracle” when he was spotted by a truck driver heading towards the highway.

Police were notified about a boy who was spotted Tuesday (July 9) in a ditch off I-10 east near Vinton, Louisiana.

The discovery came just a day after his four-year-old brother was found dead in the water behind the Vinton Welcome Center on Monday.

The toddler was found about 20 feet from a sign that read, “Do Not Feed Alligators.” There were no signs of serious trauma on his body.

After finding the child, police sent out a Be On the Look Out (BOLO) letter and received a tip from a family member in Mississippi who contacted police expressing concerns that the 4-year-old child may be one of her relatives.

She also notified law enforcement officials that the 1-year-old child was missing, prompting the Calcasieu County Sheriff’s Office Marine Division to prepare a search of the water where his brother was found.

However, the search was called off when a truck driver spotted the child several miles away.

A truck driver spotted a child on the side of the road. (KPLC)

The truck driver told KPLC: “Of course there was a little boy sitting on the embankment. As I approached him, he smiled at me and then he stood up and started crying and came over to me.

“When he came to me, I grabbed his hand and at that moment he stopped crying.”

At a news conference, Calcasieu Sheriff Stitch Guillory said the baby survived for two days in the ditch.

He had insect bites on his skin, but otherwise he felt fine.

“We looked at this 1-year-old baby, she was our miracle baby because she was still alive,” Guillory said, according to KPLC.

“Unbelievable. This kid spent two days on the side of the highway in bad weather, thank God the truck driver saw him, when you watch the footage, he was, you know, crawling toward the highway.”

Baby found crawling toward highway. (12NewsNow)

After being found, the boy was taken to hospital and then turned over to the care of the state.

The investigation to locate the boy and his brother led police to their mother, Aaliyah N. Jack, of Lake Charles.

Guillory told the press that while there is a risk of children wandering off, there is no excuse for parents not reporting them missing.

“As a parent, I know that the sight of a child being pulled out of the water is heartbreaking and gut-wrenching,” he said.

“As a parent, you should watch over your children and take care of them, not just leave them in the water and drive away.”

Jack was arrested in Mississippi on a charge of failing to report a missing child, but additional charges are expected. Her bail is set at $300,000.

The mother is currently fighting extradition to Louisiana, but the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office has asked the governor to write a letter demanding her extradition.

If you are experiencing any of these issues and would like to talk to someone you trust about caring for your child, please call Childhelp USA’s national child abuse hotline (1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453)), which is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and answers calls from anywhere in the United States, Canada, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and Puerto Rico.