When Elizabeth Smart disappeared from her Utah home in 2002, her family was devastated -- but they never gave up hope. Smart, who had been abducted by drifter Brian David Mitchell, was held for nine months before being returned to her family. Most amazing, though, is that Smart seems to have emerged from the experience unscathed, recently telling People magazine, "I'm not sorry this happend to me anymore, because it made me grow up."
Utah Woman Reunites with Son After 32 Years
Terri Fuller of Utah reconnected with the son she gave up 32 years ago, Rustin Hawve, thanks to a typo and an Internet search.
Kidnapped boys reunited with parents
In 2002, then-eleven-year-old Shawn Hornbeck was abducted by a man named Michael Devlin. Four years later, Devlin abducted a 13-year-old, Ben Owenby; the ensuing manhunt lead police to Devlin's apartment. Both boys were rescued and reunited with their families.
Ingrid Betancourt reunited with children after six years in captivity
French-Colombian politician Ingrid Betancourt was held captive by Columbian rebels for six years; she was reunited with her children, who were 13 and 16 at the time of her capture, after a daring military raid and rescue.
2 month old quake survivor reunited with parents
After surviving the earthquake that devastated parts of China, two-month-old Anqui was separated from her parents during an airlift. But the baby and her worried mom and dad were all reunited within days, and all have made a full recovery.
DNA test reunites tsunami baby with parents
After a tsunami devastated his home in Sri Lanka in December of 2005, "Baby 81" was claimed by dozens of families desperate to find their lost children. Eventually, the tot was reunited with his parents after a DNA test proved conclusively whose baby he was.
Separated Chinese twins find each other in America
A pair of fraternal twin sisters abandoned a week apart in China and adopted by different families in America were reuinted when their mothers met on an adoption message board. The girls, both named Mia, live 1400 miles apart in the US, but see each other as regularly as possible.
Kidnapped boy returned to mom after 11 years
In 1996, Walter Mitchell abducted the 9-month-old son of his live-in girlfriend in Phoenix, Arizona. In December of 2007, the FBI found Mitchell at his parent's home in Peoria, AZ with the child. The then-twelve-year-old boy was reunited with his mother shortly after.
Puppies save boy lost in forest
Three-year-old Jaylynn Thorpe may not have known how to keep himself warm when he was lost in the forest, but he had a couple of buddies with him with some pretty good instincts. Two puppies who wandered away with Jaylynn slept up against the boy all night while searchers were looking. "Momma, I got cold," Jaylynn told his grandmother. "I slept in the woods last night. The puppies kept me warm."
When this baby-faced, 4-foot tall boy was asked how he plans to provide for the baby financially, he replied, "What's financially?" Asked what he'll do about money, he says "I don't know," and looks away. Diapers cost "a lot," Alfie thinks, but he's not sure how he's going to pay for them. "I don't really get pocket money. My dad sometimes gives me £10."
Clearly, Alfie, Maisie, and her mom, 15-year-old Chantelle Stedman, will need to be supported by their parents. The three are currently living with Chantelle's parents and her five brothers. Her father, Steve, is jobless.
It might just be the adults that got everyone into this situation. "The Stedmans let the kids run wild on the street until all hours, they have no control over them," a neighbor told The Daily Mail. Alfie was often encouraged to stay overnight -- even keeping a school uniform there -- despite the fact that Alfie's mother lives nearby, and despite the fact he was only 12. Who's watching who here?
A lot of parents feel daunted by the responsibilities of parenthood, but for Alfie, ignorance just might be bliss. He seems determined to be the best dad he can be, while being woefully unaware about how his life has changed. "Everyone is telling him things and it's going round in his head," said Alfie's dad, Dennis. "It hasn't really dawned on him. He hasn't got a clue of what the baby means and can't explain how he feels. All he knows is mum and dad will help...They have no idea what lies ahead."
Still, Alfie wanted to be the first to hold the baby, born at 7 lbs 3 oz, and he spent every day at the hospital after Maisie was born. The kid deserves some credit for stepping up and wanting to be a dad, even if he's still a boy.
Dad Dennis says the next thing on the agenda is a "birds and bees" talk between him and Alfie. Seems like too little, too late. Chantelle reportedly became pregnant after one night of unprotected sex; Alfie was 12 at the time.
Tell us what you think about Alfie becoming a father at age 13.
Battle Over Baby New Year: Who Was Born First?While the city was racking up firsts after the 2013 countdown, first kisses, first confetti drops, another first occurred — New York City's first baby of 2013.
It was initially believed that the first baby was born in New York Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn at 12:54 a.m. to parents Benjamin Brown and Jungmin Oh.
Parenting... The Truth: The First YearParenting...The Truth takes a look at the relationships, trials and tribulations and insights gained from going through the various stages of parenting. In this episode, parents from the Parentdish community talk about baby's first year.
6-Year-Old Sent to Detention For Parents' Tardiness6-year-old Brooke from San Antonio was forced to go to detention because her parents were late bringing her to school several times. Brooke's parents take all the blame. With a newborn baby at home, getting Brooke to school on time has been a bit of a challenge. Judson Independent School District says the policy wasn't meant to punish the student, but since they started it, it's worked.