Parents Forced to Leave Miracle Preemie Who Died in Arms at NICU, Then Cops Show Up

Born at just 29 weeks with many genetic issues, baby Axel Winch was going to need a miracle in order to survive. Without the necessary equipment to care for him in his hometown, he was flown almost 300 miles away to Children’s Hospital Colorado to be treated in the NICU.

Axel’s parents, Melissa and Adam Winch, stayed with their baby for months in the hospital. Their “mystery baby” baffled doctors who were unable to pinpoint what was wrong with him.

The preemie died numerous times in his parents’ arms, and his nurses saved his life multiple times. Baby Axel proved time and time again that miracles are possible.

So it was naturally heartbreaking when his parents had to return to work so many miles away from him. Melissa works as a police officer, and Adam is a former officer who owns his own business.

“I cried not all the way home, but majority of the way home. It’s terrible,” Melissa said of having to leave her baby in the hospital.

The parents had no idea when — or if — they would get to hold their baby again. That’s when the Aurora Police Department stepped in. An officer had a child being treated at the same Children’s Hospital, and connected with the Winch family.

The Aurora PD wanted to set up a ‘cuddle watch’ for Axel. “I didn’t want him to be alone,” said Sgt. Mike Pitrusu, who runs Aurora PD’s Employee Support and Wellness unit.

Sgt. Pitrusu set up the ‘cuddle watch,’ and had officers sign up for times to go and visit with Axel.

While mom and dad were hard at work or unable to be with him, nearly 20 officers cuddled with the baby. The officers also visited with the family, helped raise money for them, and even opened their homes to them.

Sgt. Pitrusu said it was not only beneficial for Axel, but also for the officers. And the Aurora PD says this is the start of a lifelong friendship with the Winch family.

After months in the hospital, the family experienced yet another miracle. They could finally take Axel home. Now his parents say that Axel always wants to be held — and they gladly oblige.

Although his future remains unclear, the Winch family is grateful that he is happy and healthy. “God bless the Aurora Police Department,” Adam said in a Facebook post after finally being able to bring Axel home. “God answers prayer and performs impossible miracles, now and forever.”

Now it looks like the officers of APD will need a new baby to cuddle and comfort. “We almost need to set up a cuddle watch for Children’s Hospital, just give the opportunity to come in and take care of the little ones,” Sgt. Pitrusu said.

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Parents Baffled By Baby’s Injuries From Daycare, Then They Demand To See Security Footage

Parents have enough on their plate these days. With making sure their children are safe and well-fed, enrolled in school at the proper time, and more, parents have little bandwidth to deal with much else. But one thing that parents should invest more time in is choosing the right daycare for their child.

While money is certainly a factor, it cannot be the only reason to choose a facility. You get what you pay for.

And as one couple from Missoula, Montana learned, their daycare was not as friendly and nurturing as it seemed on first blush…

Do not assume that every daycare center is high quality or well run. Always read the reviews online and in the various local business papers.

Plus, when you visit make sure you get a good feeling from the care providers. Are they kind? You need to put your faith in these people and hope they care for your child the right way.

The Missoula, Montana couple learned the hard way. Now they are sharing their horror story about their 7-month-old baby at a daycare center.

Tracy Blinov and her husband picked up their baby from Busy Hands on Friday. When they got their child, the daycare workers told the parents that the baby had been bitten repeatedly by a toddler.

Blinov and her husband were horrified to see 8-10 injuries on their baby’s face.

“I don’t get it. I never will. Who let’s this kind of thing happen? I Let Eliana go to Busy Hands, and in less than 2 hours both sides of her face have been severely bitten and scratched by another child,” Blinov wrote on her Facebook page. Mom could not understand why the daycare workers had failed so miserably.

“I’m utterly perplexed. Not sure I can ever let her out of my sight again. Sweet baby sleep in my arms forever, I’m never letting you go.

My initial reaction was very heartbroken, but I understand kids are sometimes kids,” Blinov said. “I had no idea the of the severity of it, initially. They made it sound like it was just one bite mark.”

The couple called the owner of Busy Hands. They asked to review camera footage to discover why their child was injured.

“The two year old that bit Eliana appeared to attack her for about one minute and 29 seconds before staff intervened. There’s no sound but you can see her legs kicking and flailing in distress,” Blinov wrote in a Facebook update.

“The staff member belligerently lied in her incident report. Someone (unsure of who) took it so far as to lie to police about what happened by trying to claim we said/did things that absolutely 2000% never happened (like threaten violence, let’s be clear we DID NOT DO ANYTHING LIKE THAT).”

The daycare owner said: “This toddler that came in was a new customer and she neglected to tell us that the child was a biter and neglected to tell us that the week before she had been kicked out of Little Griz for biting a child. If that would have been told to us, we could have said ‘No, we can’t take her.’ ”

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