(NEWSnetAP) — A Louisiana sheriff says a 1-year-old “miracle baby” survived two days alone during sometimes stormy weather before a truck driver saw him crawling near Interstate 10 Tuesday.

Local officials feared the missing child was dead after his 4-year-old brother had been found dead and his mother was arrested in Mississippi. Hurricane Beryl had landed early Monday, and the search for the younger one took place among intermittent bands of Beryl’s heavy rain and high wind gusts.

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Gary “Stitch” Guillory said the baby had numerous bug bites when he was rescued, but otherwise appeared to be in good condition.


Autopsy reports were pending on the 4-year-old who was found Monday, Guillory said during a Tuesday news conference in Lake Charles, about 200 miles west of New Orleans. His body was found in a lake behind an I-10 welcome center, near the Texas state line.

Authorities said the older child was last seen alive Saturday with his mother, Aaliyah Jack, 25, of Lake Charles, and the younger child.

As first responders made plans to search in nearby waters for the younger child Tuesday morning, a truck driver on I-10 called 911 to report a baby outside.

“This kid spent two days out in the weather on the side of the highway,” Guillory said. “Thank God that trucker seen him.”

After deputies arrived, they identified the toddler as the missing child.

“We look at this 1-year old as our miracle baby because he was still alive,” a visibly moved Guillory said.

In the meantime, an alert for law enforcement agencies was issued for Jack on Monday night, and a Louisiana judge issued a warrant for her arrest. Jack was arrested Tuesday in Meridian, Mississippi, more than 350 miles from where her children were found.

She was to be extradited to Louisiana, where she faced a charge of failure to report a missing child. The judge who issued the warrant set bond at $300,000, Guillory said.

Kayla Vincent, a spokeswoman for the sheriff, said no other charges were pending as of Wednesday afternoon and that the investigation was continuing.

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