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Rescuers Save 2-Week-Old Baby from Turkey Earthquake Rubble

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Tolga Bozoglu / EPA, via MSNBC.com

A 2-week-old baby girl who had been pinned in her mother’s arms during the 7.2-magnitude earthquake that struck eastern Turkey Sunday was rescued safely nearly 48 hours after the disaster.  The rescue workers also rescued the girl’s mother, alive, from the apartment building that had collapsed around them.  The baby’s grandmother was brought out of the wreckage on a stretcher, but it was unclear whether she had survived. [UPDATE: The grandmother has also reportedly survived.]

Young Azra Karaduman was removed from the wreckage, naked and wrapped in a blanket, to the sounds of applause from rescuers and the quick attention of medics, MSNBC.com reports.

“I am so excited. What can I say. Let God help them,” the child’s other grandmother, Sevim Yigit, told Reuters, eyes brimming with tears of joy beneath her headscarf.

The baby’s father, who was also in the building, has not yet been located.

An estimated 2,000 buildings collapsed in the earthquake.  More than 350 people have been reported dead, and 1,300 injuries are reported so far.

(image via: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/)

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New Mexico Man Rescues 6-Year-Old Girl from Suspected Kidnapper

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

In the wake of a number of recent headlines about missing children, an inspiring story out of New Mexico tells how a neighbor rescued a 6-year-old girl who had been taken by a suspected kidnapper.  CNN.com reports:

Antonio Diaz Chacon noticed a commotion when a man grabbed the girl at a mobile home park in southwest Albuquerque.

Chacon saw the man, later identified as Phillip Garcia, cover her mouth and place her in a blue van, according to an Albuquerque police report.

“We heard a man going, ‘Hey, hey, let her go,’” his wife, Martha Diaz, told a 911 dispatcher. “The man came running to us. He said, ‘They stole our little girl.’”

“My husband went after him,” she said.

Chacon chased the van for several miles before Garcia crashed into a light pole and fled on foot, allowing him to rescue the girl and return her home, police said.

Garcia later returned to the van, police said. He fled down the roadway and got stuck on a mesa before being apprehended, police said.

Garcia has been charged with kidnapping, child abuse and tampering with evidence.

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