LOWELL, Indiana -- Elysia Laub, 9, was playing in her backyard on a July morning when she heard a peculiar sound. She looked over to a clearing between trees on her rural property and thought her "brain was playing tricks" on her ears. Then, she saw pink legs kicking.
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Initially, she assumed she had found a piglet--her family has two other pigs, "and maybe they had a baby," she told Chicago's WGN-TV. But upon closer inspection, Elysia realized she had discovered something much more shocking.
Partially wrapped in black linens was a newborn girl, still attached to the placenta via an in-tact umbilical cord. Elysia wisely headed inside to get her mom.
"I thought it was a robotic doll," Heidi Laub, Elysia's mother, admitted. "Then I ran to the baby and scooped it up, and I said, 'Elysia run to the house and call 911 as soon as possible.'"
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Officials believe the child was only hours old, left near the Laub home the night before. They searched the area for the birth mother, but haven't found her so far. The baby was brought to a nearby hospital and was found to be healthy, aside from some sunburn. She's been placed with a foster family.
Now the Lake County Sheriff's Department is calling Elysia a hero. "She's a guardian angel for this child," an official said. "She realizes just what she did."
Watch more in the video below.
via WGNTV.com; NBCChicago.com
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