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An East Texas couple rescued a 9-month-old baby they found alive but abandoned in a shed in on Saturday.

Husband and wife John and Katharine McClain awoke in the early morning hours on September 24 to the sounds of a truck outside their home. The McClains reside in Livingston, a small town about 70 miles northeast of Houston.

When they looked in the direction of the sound, it appeared a truck was driving away.

Their security footage showed a shirtless man walking around their vehicles, checking all the doors. They would later discover their neighbor’s truck had been stolen.

Later in the morning, their dog began barking, and at about 9:30 a.m. the couple went out to check their shed.

“[Our] dog [Archie] was barking around the shed, and my husband went out there to see what was going on,” Katherine McClain, a veteran of the U.S. Army, said in an interview.

Her husband “opened the door, and the baby was lying on the floor. She had on a little dress and no diaper.” Katherine wrapped the baby, who was bruised and had a broken femur, in a towel as her husband called 911.

“I don’t have words to explain my reaction,” Katherine, 52, said. “[I had] never been more worried or scared for a baby in all my life.”

The mother of three added, “Just complete and utter sorrow for her, with the unknown of what had or may have happened to her.”

When Livingston police arrived on the scene, they let the McClains know their neighbor’s truck had been stolen. The truck was later discovered near the railroad tracks with the father of the abandoned baby behind the wheel.

He was charged and booked in the Polk County jail for abandoning and endangering a child. He mentioned another child to the police, but a second baby was never found.

As of Monday, the abandoned baby girl was reunited with its mother. Outpourings of gratitude for the McClains’ swift action spread on Facebook and online.

Katherine later updated her post to explain that they had learned only one child was abandoned on her property that night.

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She
She
2 months ago

Dear Lord. Was the second child left elsewhere?

Anna
Anna
2 months ago

OMGosh thank you for your goodness to rescue this helpless baby. Thank God the mother came forward. Prayers for the rescue of the second child.

Elaine
Elaine
1 month ago

Why had police not received a call reporting that the father took off with the child or reported the child missing by the mother of the children I find it strange that the mother had no worries about a 9 month old.Where was she during all of this

Anna
Anna
Reply to  Elaine
1 month ago

It’s possible he had a normal visitation and the mother wasn’t aware there was a problem yet.

Barb Soh
Barb Soh
Reply to  Elaine
1 month ago

Maybe at work? We cant speculate on the mother being involved. They gave the baby back to her. She seems innocent in this.