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Missing 1-year-old found crawling along road after 2 days; survived Hurricane Beryl storms

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana sheriff says a 1-year-old “miracle baby” survived two days of sometimes stormy weather before a truck driver spotted him crawling along a road, a day after his 4-year-old brother was found dead and his mother was arrested in Mississippi.

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Gary “Stitch” Guillory said the baby had numerous insect bites but otherwise appeared healthy.


Autopsy results are pending for the 4-year-old boy found Monday, Guillory said at a news conference Tuesday in Lake Charles, about 200 miles (322 kilometers) west of New Orleans. The body was found in a lake behind a shelter on Interstate 10 near the Texas border.

Authorities investigating the 4-year-old's death learned he was last seen Saturday with his mother, Aaliyah Jack, 25, of Lake Charles, and her 1-year-old child.

Fearing the 1-year-old was dead, authorities prepared Tuesday morning to search the river where the child's body was found. A truck driver then called 911 after spotting the baby.

“We consider this one-year-old baby our miracle baby because he was still alive,” said a visibly moved Guillory.

Hurricane Beryl hit East Texas early Monday, and the search for the child took place amid intermittent, heavy rain and strong wind gusts.

“This kid spent two days out on the side of the highway in the elements,” Guillory said. “Thank God the trucker saw him.”

An alert was issued to law enforcement Monday night, and a Louisiana judge issued a warrant for Jack's arrest. Jack was arrested in Meridian, Mississippi, more than 350 miles from where her children were found. Meridian police said she was arrested Tuesday.

“She was located in Mississippi, without the 1-year-old child, by the Meridian Police Department and taken into custody,” the Calcasieu Sheriff’s Office said. The search for the baby continued until the trucker reported seeing a baby in a ditch along Interstate 10. “When officers arrived, they were able to positively identify the child as the missing 1-year-old,” the sheriff’s news release said.

She was to be extradited to Louisiana, where she was charged with failing to report a missing child. The judge who issued the warrant set bail at $300,000, Guillory said.

Kayla Vincent, a sheriff's spokeswoman, said no further charges were pending as of Wednesday afternoon and the investigation was continuing.

Online booking records were not available Wednesday. It was unclear whether Jack had an attorney who could comment on his behalf.

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