A Texas couple and their dog Archie are being hailed as heroes after acting fast to help save the life of an abandoned nine-month-old baby girl.
After the injured child mysteriously showed up in their backyard shed in the middle of the night, Archie was quick to alert his owners that something wasn’t right and that they needed to search inside.
When Archie started sniffing and barking around the shed, John and Kathy weren’t sure what they’d find. But they certainly weren’t expecting what they saw within. When they opened the door, they saw a baby girl lying on the ground between their filing cabinet and a motorcycle.
John immediately asked his wife, Katherine, to call 9-1-1. Not only had the young child been left alone for who knew how many hours, but she was severely bruised and obviously injured. Katherine told reporters that, as a mother herself, the startling sight had her feeling frantic.
“I just want her to be happy and live a good life, you know? If they gave her to me, I’ll take her in a heartbeat. And she’ll never have any worries again,” she said.
Thankfully, it didn’t take too long for the ambulance to arrive, and they were able to examine the extent of the baby’s injuries. It was then that they knew she would need to be life-flighted to the Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston for surgery on her broken leg.
After the ambulance drove off, John and Katherine decided to check the footage captured by their security cameras. At 3:30 am, a man, wearing only his underwear, carried the beautiful baby girl into their shed. Then, after about three hours, they could see the suspect sneak out and start snooping around their vehicles parked nearby.
The cameras confirmed that he first tried to break into their truck before stealing their neighbor’s and then speeding off into the early morning light. But authorities in another county didn’t take long to capture him and bring him into custody. They confirmed that he was the child’s father and that he had previously been arrested several times for drug and assault charges.
In this case, he was charged with multiple felonies, including injury to a child causing serious bodily injury, child endangerment/abandonment, and vehicle theft. He was booked into the Polk County Jail with bonds totaling over $200,000.
This baby girl is getting the help she needs, thanks to Archie and his super-sniffer!