Mom Saves her Baby before Dying in House Fire

A woman is dead and her baby is hospitalized after a house fire in Wyoming.

WYOMING, Ill. - UPDATE: The 10-day-old baby is in good condition after being treated at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria,

Locals from the community are gathering supplies for the family members, who lost everything in the fire. Everything from Diapers for the baby, clothes and food for the family are all welcome. Donations can be made to the Firehouse from 6-9 P.M Wednesday, and 8 A.M to 8 P.M at the Stark County Ambulance Station all week long. 

 

UPDATE: A house fire kills a young mother Monday morning, after she saves the life of her 10-day-old baby.

Firefighters from three towns responded to the 900 block of N. Galena Avenue in Wyoming, Illinois a little after 10:30.

Crews worked to save 21-year-old Shelby Carter who was trapped inside. She strapped her 10-day-old baby into a car seat and dropped the baby from a second story window. Firefighters and paramedics took the baby to OSF St. Luke Medical Center in Kewanee for treatment, and then transferred it to OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Both the Stark County Sheriff and family members tell us the baby is doing fine. Carter died in the fire, but is still being called a hero for putting her child's life before her own.

"Her 21st birthday was yesterday, and on Facebook, she had posted what a great birthday and this morning on snap chat I'd seen 'loving these mommy moments' and she had the baby laying on her chest,” said Carter’s cousin, Shawna Burwell. 

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. The Stark County Sheriff says it doesn't appear to be suspicious at this time. 


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