Monday, October 10, 2016

Passers-by take action to save baby

It happened recently outside a 7-Eleven in Clackamas County, Oregon. Ty Thompson, 20, and his friend Koltan Transue, 18, saw a woman who appeared to be drunk drive her car over a curb and into some bushes as she tried to exit the parking lot. When they spotted a baby (wearing only a diaper) sitting on the front seat beside her, the young men took action.

                                                                                                                       Photo by KATU
"I seen the lady had a beer in her hand," said Thompson. "I wasn't going to let her drive off with a kid in the car." Transue blocked the woman's car in the parking lot with his truck and called 911, while Thompson opened the driver's door and took the keys from the car. Thompson then removed the baby and both men tried to keep her warm and calm. The driver, Laura Rose Ann Wood, 29, kept asking them not to interfere because she had just regained custody of her child. She appeared extremely intoxicated. Police arrested her for DUI and recklessly endangering another person. The one-year-old baby is being cared for by the Oregon Department of Human Services. The two men said they hope Wood gets the help she needs. "I feel like we did a big thing," said Thompson. "I feel like we saved some lives."

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