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Eagle-eyed trucker spots baby in I-10 ditch, leading to rescue

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Louisiana police say that a trucker was instrumental in the rescue of a baby who spent two days in a ditch along I-10 in Lake Charles.

On July 8, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office (CPSO) deputies located the body of a four year old child in a body of water near the Vinton Welcome Center.

CPSO learned that the four year old was last seen with his mother, Aaliyah N. Jack, 25, and his one year old brother.

A warrant was issued for Jack’s arrest for failure to report a missing child. She was taken into police custody in Mississippi, but the one year old was not with her.

CPSO continued searching for the child.

At 9 a.m. on July 9, CPSO received a call from a trucker who spotted a baby in a ditch on I-10 eastbound near mile marker 10.

The baby was identified as the missing one year old.

“We looked at this one-year-old, he was our miracle baby because he was still alive. Unbelievable. This kid spent two days out in the weather on the side of the highway. Thank God that trucker saw him. When you look at the video here he was, you know, crawling toward the highway,” Calcasieu Sheriff Stitch Guillory said during a news conference.

“This is a tragic incident our detectives are currently investigating,” said Guillory. “Fortunately, we were able to locate the 1 year old, who was taken to a local hospital to be checked out. He is now safe and in the care of authorities. We understand the community’s concern and are committed to ensuring justice for the children involved. CPSO detectives are actively working to gather all the information and details surrounding this case and the death of the 4 year old. We will dedicate all necessary resources to ensure a thorough investigation. Our hearts go out to the family members of these two children.”

Police continue to investigate the incident, and more charges may be filed.

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