21-year-old Shelby Carter from Illinois is being remembered as a hero after she tossed her newborn baby out of a second story window in the midst of a house fire.
According to the Washington Post, Shelby died from smoke inhalation not long after strapping her 12-day-old daughter Keana into a car seat and chucking it out the window.
The Daily Mail reports that Wyoming Fire Officials discovered Keana’s car seat resting on a pile of debris. The infant suffered only one minor burn.
“It’s just incredible that she was able to pull her thoughts together to save her baby,” remarked Chief Ed Foglesonger. “It’s nothing short of a miracle the way it ended up.”
It’s hard not to agree when you look at the damage.
To friends of Shelby, her heroic deed comes as no surprise.
“She was very, very smart,” said the deceased’s close friend Anna. “I think people underestimated that about her because she was quiet and she wasn’t one to make herself the center of attention.”
“She stayed back in the crowd and did her work. She was very task-oriented.”
Anna added that she was “absolutely not” surprised Shelby lost her life saving her child.
Officials are reportedly investigating to determine the fire’s cause. They do say it doesn’t appear to be suspicious.
Meanwhile, according to PJ Star, a neighbor of Shelby’s has launched a Go Fund Me to help the family – which lost everything in the blaze – out.
As of writing, the page has raised more than $30,000.
The Daily Mail