Texas family saves abandoned baby found in shed

Published: Sep. 25, 2022 at 10:03 PM CDT
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HOUSTON, Texas (KHOU/CNN) - John and Katharine McClain live within the Livingston city limits but are far away from much activity.

On Saturday morning, however, their security camera caught a mostly naked man checking their vehicle doors before that same man allegedly stole a neighbor’s pickup.

The sound of him taking off is what woke them up. The excitement they though was over had just begun. Thanks, in large part, to Archie the dog.

As soon as John investigated the source that triggered Archie’s barking, he made a stunning discovery: a baby right behind the door.

“So when I opened it up, the baby was lying right by the motorcycle right there,” said John McClain.

“He said, “‘call 911 quickly. There’s an infant in here,’” Katharine McClain recalled.

The wife said the dispatcher told her it was okay to pick up the baby, which she did, before taking her up to the house.

The child was wrapped in a towel while waiting to be airlifted to a hospital in Houston.

“I was pretty frantic and just shocked it’s still kind of got me at little bit,” said Katharine.

The stolen truck was later located with the baby’s dad behind the wheel.

KHOU reports records show he’s now in the Polk County Jail on charges including abandoning or endangering a child.

The McClains were told his vehicle was found abandoned along the railroad tracks which run behind their property.

“I just hope he comes out and takes care of his kids and cleans his act up,” said John.

They say they’d even be willing to add the baby they found to their family.

“I just want her to be happy and live a good life and, you know, if they gave her to me, I’ll take her in a heartbeat and she’ll never have any worries again,” said Katharine.

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