Sandra found an abandoned baby one day and brought him home, begging her parents to adopt this poor baby. Many years later, she received a call from a lawyer with an astonishing surprise for their family that changed her life forever. Finally, they know the truth they had been looking for all this time.
For years, Sandra had asked her parents for a little brother or sister, but Mark and Cindy lived paycheck to paycheck. Adding another family member to their household was not a financially wise decision. Cindy did not want to break her daughter’s heart or make her worry about their financial condition. Therefore, instead of telling her what really happened with her, she told her, “If you ask God really hard, you might get a little sibling one day.”
Sandra took those words to heart, and every night before bed, she would ask God for a new addition to their little family. She promised to be the best sister in the world and hoped that God would listen to her prayers.
Very soon, then later, at 10, when she thought it might never happen and God never listened to her prayers, but she was content with her family. Mark and Cindy loved her dearly, and despite their struggles with finances and doubts, they were as happy as could be.
Sandra was walking home from school one day, her book bag swinging back and forth. Her mother told her that she was old enough to walk home; it only took about 10 minutes. She thought it would give her more responsibility. However, sometimes her friend walked with her as she lived nearby, but not that special day.
Looking down at her shoes as she skipped, Sandra noticed a stroller in the middle of the sidewalk. She hurried to get closer, stumbled, shaking the stroller, and heard an infant cry from inside. “Oh my goodness,” she muttered and leaned to find a baby child inside. His tired eyes were wide and curious, then he started to cry again.
“Hush,” she said and started moving the stroller side to side. Luckily, the baby calmed, allowing Sandra to look up and search for his family. She lived in a calm little neighborhood of modest homes in Georgia. Parents often walked with their strollers, as it was much safer. But no one would dare leave a baby alone, just like how she found this little baby.
“This is very weird,” Sandra thought, frowning at the seemingly abandoned baby in his stroller. She waited, more times passed, and no one showed for this poor baby. But she knew her mother would worry if she wasn’t home soon. On the other hand, she couldn’t leave this poor baby on the street just like that. The only option that she knew of at this time was to bring him home. Her mother would know what to do with him.
“Sandra, what is that?” Cindy asked, moving her head and hands, clean with a towel, after seeing her daughter entering their house with a stroller.
“Mom, I found this abandoned stroller in the street, there is a poor baby boy inside it. However, no one was around him, I couldn’t leave him alone like that,” Sandra explained quickly, her mother’s eyes surprised, her shock and confusion evident. But she picked up the poor baby and cradled him to her chest.
“God, who could do this? We have to call the police,” she said, patting the baby’s back.
Sandra pursed her lips and looked at her mother, begging her. “Mom, what if he’s the brother I’ve been praying for all these years from God? What if he’s my answer from God? How…”
“Oh, Sandra, that’s not how God works, not really. We need to know if he was left or kidnapped or missing; his parents might be worried sick about him,” Cindy explained calmly, holding the baby.
Sandra didn’t say anything else, but she searched the stroller for any proofs. Suddenly, she found a paper.
“Mom, there’s a letter,” Cindy grabbed it with one hand and started reading.
“To whoever finds my baby, please take care of him. His name is Jack. I cannot… I’m 18, and I was kicked out, and we both have no home. He couldn’t survive. Please, thank you.”
“His mom left him alone,” Sandra said with tears.
“I think so, honey,” Cindy replied, her eyebrows pulled down in worry and sadness. The baby was young and would need formula to eat. So, she called her husband and explained the whole situation. He bought food and some cheap diapers. When he got home, they fed him and called the non-emergency line. A few police officers came over and heard their story. They asked the family to keep the baby with them for the night, and the next day, a social worker would come for him.
However, that night changed everything for them. Jack was funny; they had a good time having a young baby in the house, even with his soft cries and poopy diapers. Before they all went to bed, Sandra begged her parents once again.
“I think he was sent to us; it just is a gift from God. He is the answer to my prayers; he’s my little brother,” she told them before going to her room.
When the social worker woman showed up the following day, Mark and Cindy could not let the baby go with her. They talked to her about keeping him while the authorities completed the investigation. The social worker agreed when they took a foster parent certification, which they did immediately.
The police investigation led to nothing, and two years later, Mark and Cindy adopted Gabriel officially. Sandra made good on her promise to God; she was the best sister ever. She helped with feedings and diaper changes and played with her little brother as much as possible. She babysat him all the time because her parents could not afford someone else.
Money got even tighter through those years, but they were very happy with his presence. It truly seemed like God had sent Jack to them. At 19, Sandra was attending college at a local university but still living at her family home. She also had a part-time job for some extra money but spent much time with her little brother, who was almost 10.
One day, the telephone rang, and she answered it. “Hello,” she said, waving at her brother that she would be there to play Monopoly in a second.
“Hello, am I speaking with Cindy?” a male voice asked.
“No, this is Sandra. Cindy is my mother,” she answered.
“Oh, well, you’ll do. I’m Mr. Kevin. I’m a lawyer for Sarah Masters,” the man explained.
Sandra frowned; she had no idea who he was talking about. “Okay, who’s that?”
“Never mind that. I’m calling to inform you that Miss Masters is leaving you and your brother Jack 2.7 million dollars. You should come with your parents to my office soon to sign the papers,” Mr. Kevin suggested.
Sandra’s jaw dropped. “What? This must be a big mistake. Who are you? How do you know us?”
“I suggest you call this number,” Mr. Kevin replied and started telling her the phone number, which Sandra jotted down as quickly as possible. “You’ll get the answers you need. Then come to my office to get everything ready. Goodbye, Miss.”
But Sandra started, but the lawyer had already hung up. The young woman had no idea what to do with this shocking news. Her parents’ financial situation had improved over the last years after they adopted Jack, and they had no family or anyone who would leave them this huge money. Their extended relatives were also ordinary people; this call did not make sense.
However, it could not be wrong. Overthinking, the lawyer talked about her brother’s relatives. Something was going on, and she needed to find out the truth immediately. So she called the number.
“Hello, Sandra,” a weak female voice replied when Sandra introduced herself.
“I assume you received a call from Mr. Kevin? It’s not a lie; you’re getting that money,” she asked.
“Yes, who are you? Why are you giving us this huge amount of money?”
“A few years ago, my parents kicked me out because I came home with a child. They did not know I was pregnant, and they were angry, to say the least. A child out of wedlock from their 18-year-old daughter would have been an embarrassment in their circle,” Sarah started, and Sandra plopped down on the couch, finally beginning to understand the situation.
“Oh my goodness,” she said, covering her mouth with her hand.
“Yes, it was me. I’m Jack’s biological mother, and I was hiding behind a building when you took the stroller to your home. I saw it all; I knew where he was all along, years. I’ve lived with regret. I should not have given him up, but I couldn’t do anything without my parents’ support. They told me that if I gave him up, they would take me back. I was a coward, so I did it, and I returned home,” Sarah coughed several times, interrupting her story.
“Okay, but what’s happening now?” Sandra inquired, now scared that she was coming to take Jack back or offering them money for him. It was silly, as the lawyer said the money was for them both, but she was so worried and afraid to lose her brother.
“My parents died in a car accident just a few years after I left my kid on your street, and I got my entire inheritance. I wanted to get my boy back, but I saw how happy you were, you were a family, you loved him. I watched from afar, and I could not do it; I couldn’t take that away. Also, your parents had adopted him by then, so it would have been a disaster, so I stayed away.”
“So you’re giving us money now? Why me too?” Sandra interrupted.
“I’m not; I’m giving you part of my inheritance now to expedite the process. But your family will get the rest later too,” Sarah explained.
“I’m sick,” Sandra worried, not knowing what else to say. She did not know this woman, but because she was Jack’s biological mother, that made her part of their family in a way.
“No, Sandra, it’s not possible. I was hoping to talk to your parents and thank them for taking my boy in too, so if they can call me, I would really appreciate it,” Sandra added.
They hung up after a few minutes, but Sandra promised to get her parents to call. They did that night. Sarah thanked Cindy and Mark and explained herself to them. Later, they told Jack everything. He knew he was adopted, but this news shocked the young boy. He couldn’t deal with the new situation in his life; he had a new mom.
Initially, they wanted to make plans to meet Sarah, but she died just a few days after that phone call, and they never got the chance. Eventually, they received the 2.7 million Sarah promised, but more money came in, which included a trust fund for Jack and a huge house in the more affluent part of their town.
Their family could finally stop worrying about money anymore, but they worked hard not to let this new era in their lives affect their dynamic lifestyle. They spent time together; Cindy and Mark still worked hard every day, and most of their money was kept safely away for the future.
Sandra grew up knowing that Jack was the answer to her childhood prayers from God, even if others thought it was just a coincidence. However, after learning about Sarah, she knew she was right; it was meant to be. Anyway, her little brother was her best friend and man, her favorite person.
You would be committing a crime if you did not report the baby to authorities. It would become a kidnapping case, and you could be found guilty. Take the child to the nearest hospital or police station.
The child needs medical attention, as they could be suffering from any number of medical complications due to being abandoned. Moreover, they need to find the mother, so publicizing the case is necessary. Seriously, take that child to the relevant authorities.
The first thing you should do is alert the police so they can come and take the baby and run checks for a missing baby in the area. You should also mention to them that you would like to keep the baby if he or she is not claimed and that you want to be kept posted on any developments in the child’s case.
If the child was found to have been missing, they would be reunited with their family or placed in a safe environment until the case is resolved. You can, however, if the baby was not missing and was truly abandoned, try to get yourself tested for your ability to become adoptive parents.
If the child is indeed missing and you and your partner are found to be responsible people capable of raising a child, then there would not be much reason for a court to turn away your appeal to become the baby’s legal guardians. And if you wanted to be adoptive parents, the baby’s biological parents would most likely be long gone.
And why would anyone need to punish the person who left the child? It’s more likely that they did it because they couldn’t take care of the child or didn’t want to. Keeping the child would have been much worse, and they left it where it would be found. They didn’t toss it into the garbage, as some have done, or abandon it where it could starve or die from exposure before being found.
Maybe every mother who leaves her children has her own reasons. Some are too young, too selfish, too addicted, or too afraid to keep their children. Mine left me to save herself when I was an infant; my brother was just older than a toddler. She abandoned us with the monsters she couldn’t live with.
It would have been kinder to smother us in our sleep. I know that sounds harsh; however, my childhood was horrifying, and it was years of wishing I were dead instead. But she lived, and she spent the rest of our childhoods doing everything she could to make sure we lived, from a distance. She is utterly unwilling and unable to discuss it.
I think as children, we expect our parents to be better somehow than other humans, to be noble, honest, giving, perfect. But parents are just people too. I’m a parent now, and we’re all just people, and we’re all broken. We do the best we know how with what we have to work with. Sometimes, all we can do is stay alive. I don’t hate her, but I’m ever filled with a raging, furious hurt.
Women, like men, can be flawed. The genetic predisposition to raise our young and set them up for the best success in life is wired into us. It’s that rare, small percentage that simply stumps us. We ask how, how do you leave? Why? Sometimes, it’s substance abuse; sometimes, it’s mental health; and yes, sometimes, it’s because they’re not wired like the rest of us. That child is not set up with a parent that wants them.
They were just born through that mother because she is unable to care for her child emotionally, financially, and in every way. She lacks the maturity or mental facility to have arranged ahead of birth for adoption. She may have been in denial about her pregnancy until it was too late, or she may have been unable to access health care and advice.
Many health centers for poor or otherwise marginalized women have been shut down. Often, women must travel for hours, which they simply cannot do, or even to another state for such help. The things that would have led her to deal with her pregnancy in a better way may be lacking because she is young or has mental health or cognitive challenges.
She may have been living on the edge already, feeling that she can barely survive herself, and thought that her baby would not have survived an abusive family or relationship, living on the streets without a home and drug addiction.
This is a tragic situation; a helpless newborn, when there are many who would love to care for and raise the child. A better social safety net that would allow women and girls who are pregnant but unable to care for a child, including housing, health care, psychological and addiction treatment, would all help. Such a safety net would reduce abortions.
So, what can we learn from this story? Some prayers are answered in the strangest and most beautiful ways. Claire prayed to have a sibling, and she got her gift, even if her parents weren’t exactly planning to have another child.
Family is more important than money. Despite their struggles, Cindy and Mark took Gabriel in and raised him with all of the love in the world. Their family was solid even after they received tons of money; love was simply more valuable.