When they learned they would be the parents, they were overwhelmed by joy. Everything changed during a regular check.

LOWELL, Ind. — A 9-year-old girl found a newborn baby while playing in her family’s backyard in rural Lowell, Indiana, Monday morning, according to investigators.

Lake County Sheriff John Buncich said it was “a miracle” that the infant survived, and called the young girl who found her a “guardian angel.”

“She knew right away this was an infant and she ran to the house and summoned her mother, and her mother ran out right away and realized exactly what she had found. And the mother took the infant home until the officers and medics arrived,” Buncich explained.

Buncich said the full-term baby girl was discovered wrapped in a black towel in the 18000-block of White Oak Avenue at about 10:45 a.m. on Monday. The child was discovered about 100 yards from the nearest road.

The baby was described as Caucasian with brownish-blonde hair. Her umbilical cord and placenta were still attached.

Investigators believed the child had been abandoned for several hours in the sun, and had possibly been left overnight.

The baby was being treated at St. Anthony Hospital in Crown Point, where she was expected to make a full recovery.

After a complete examination, Buncich said the child would be turned over to a foster home on Tuesday.

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