A 9-month-old girl is recovering after a Texas couple found her injured and abandoned in their backyard shed.
John and Katharine McClain checked the shed after their dog Archie started sniffing around and barking on Saturday morning. Inside, they found a terrifying sight — a little girl lying on the floor between a filing cabinet and a motorcycle.
“I turned around and said to my wife, ‘Call 911. There’s a baby in there,'” John told local news station KTRK-TV. “She said, ‘Huh?’ She said, ‘What are you talking about?’ I told her, ‘Call 911.’”
A dispatcher told the couple they could pick the girl up. As they wrapped her in a towel, the couple noticed bruises on the baby’s face and body. After an ambulance arrived, she was taken to Texas Children’s Hospital with a broken leg that required fixation during surgery. However, she is expected to recover from her injuries.
The McClains looked through their security camera and found footage of a mostly naked man, identified by police as 43-year-old Clifford Jason Guynes, who multiple local outlets believe is the child’s father. Video showed him holding the girl and walking into her shed just after 3am on Saturday morning. He then attempted to break into the couple’s cars before stealing a neighbor’s truck and driving away.
Officers from the Livingston Police Department examined the footage and attempted to take fingerprints from several vehicles. During the investigation, they were told that San Jacinto County had found the stolen truck with Guynes inside.
The alleged father was arrested and charged with harming a child and abandoning/endangering a child. He was booked into the Polk County Jail on $200,000 bail.
Authorities told local news station KPRC-TV that they are trying to find out why Guynes was released from prison after he was arrested on September 16 for violating parole. He was reportedly arrested several times for drug offenses and assault.
As a mother herself, Katharine said she was “quite frantic and just shocked”.
“I just want her to be happy and have a good life, you know?” she told local news station KHOU-TV. “If you give them to me, I’ll take them immediately. And she’ll never worry again.”
news week contacted the Livingston Police Department for comment.
In 1999, in response to high-profile stories of abandoned infants sometimes being left to die, Texas legalized the giving away of an unwanted infant to the Guttmacher Institute.
The specifics of these laws vary based on the age of the infant (from a limit of 72 hours up to one year) and the places or people authorized to adopt the baby (which may include hospital emergency responders, paramedics, firefighters, or law enforcement). be able). officers). In Texas, an infant can be abandoned up to 60 days after birth.
Other incidents of abandoned babies
In June, a premature baby was discovered by passers-by on the street outside a Houston apartment complex. Paramedics were unable to save the abandoned child, who police officers described as a “fetus – very, very small”.
Another baby was found dead on a porch in March by a woman who had left her home in Memphis, Tennessee. The woman, an intensive care unit nurse, found the boy naked and not breathing.
Meanwhile, on New Year’s Eve 2021, a newborn baby miraculously survived after being placed in a roadside box in Fairbanks, Alaska. A note found with the baby pleaded for help, saying: “I was born 12 weeks premature. My mother was 28 weeks old when she had me. My parents and grandparents have neither food nor money to raise me. They NEVER wanted to do that to me.”
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