A 21-year-old mother is being called a hero for saving her 12 day year old newborn child after a blazing fire consumed their home in Wyoming, Illinois last Monday.
The horrifying incident took the life of the mother, Shelby Carter but due to her “motherly instincts” baby Keana’s life was saved.
Last Monday, Carter placed a phone call to 911 when she realized that she was trapped in a burning house and having difficulty breathing,Ed Foglesonger, chief of the local volunteer fire department told CNN.
When the firefighter squad arrived they found Carter’s body on the second floor, and didn’t realize what had transpired until they looked outside and found a baby under a pile of discarded carpet on the ground. The baby was in a car seat that had rolled over when they had tried to place the ladder against the house.
Of course, the team was surprised to see a baby because no child was reported on the 911 call, Foglesonger explained.
Carter and the baby lived in the house with her mother and fiancé, Foglesonger said, but only the young girl and her child were at home when the fire broke out in the living room downstairs and spread through the rest of the house.
To help support the family a GoFundMe page has been started and as of Monday, they are $4,000 short of reaching their goal of $40,000. All of the money will go to helping the family, the page administrator, David Conover said.