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A newborn baby girl is alive and in fair condition after she was found abandoned in a patch of weeds along a rural Michigan roadside. The hero responsible for finding the infant – a black Labrador retriever named Bobby.
Jeffrey Kopp said he doesn’t normally walk his dog along this particular street, but Bobby was especially persistent about going in that direction on Tuesday morning.
When Bobby started sniffing around in the weeds below a satellite dish, he discovered the newborn baby, her umbilical cord still attached. The baby was laying on her side in the fetal position, not crying or making any noise.
Kopp then saw the infant move. He yelled for a neighbor to call 911 and called for his wife and daughter to come help. When Kopp’s daughter picked up the infant, she began to cry.
Despite some bruises and scrapes, the baby girl was breathing and conscious when emergency responders arrived. They estimated that she was about 6 hours old when she was found.
Kopp told WoodTV he thinks it was an act of God that brought him and Bobby to the newborn girl.
“I feel that we were led to that place, OK, because it was out of the ordinary for me to come in this direction,” Kopp said. “I tend to think it was God led us this way, that all life is precious to Him.”
The baby’s mother is said to be a young teen that lives nearby. Both mother and baby are hospitalized and in fair condition.