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Mom Straps Her Baby In Car Seat, Tosses Her Out 2nd-Story Window Moments Before Taking Her Final Breaths

A young mother’s final act proved just how desperate she felt in her last moments on earth. After strapping her baby into a car seat, she tossed the newborn from a second-story window just moments before taking her last breaths.

Shelby Carter

Shelby Carter of Wyoming, Illinois, was a focused student with a reserved demeanor in high school and “very, very smart,” according to her lifelong friend, Anna Steelman. “I think people underestimated that about her because she was quiet and she wasn’t one to make herself the center of attention,” said Anna, who was also Shelby’s teammate on the Stark County High School basketball team.

“She stayed back in the crowd and did her work and got stuff done on the [basketball] court and in the classroom. She was very task-oriented,” Anna recalled. But, according to friends, there was another side to Shelby. When she stepped onto the basketball court to play center, she became a “feisty” competitor.

Shelby Carter (left) with the Stark County High School basketball team

No one really knew just how fierce she was until years after graduation, though. At 20 years old, Shelby became a mother to a beautiful little girl who she named Keana Davis. Unwed and without a home of her own, things weren’t perfect, but Shelby seemed glad to be a mom.

“Her 21st birthday was yesterday and on Facebook, she had posted, you know, ‘What a great birthday!'” Shelby’s cousin, Shawna Burwell, recalled. “This morning on Snapchat, I seen, ‘loving these mommy moments,’ and she had the baby laying on her chest.”

Shelby Carter with her daughter

Shelby, who worked as a nail technician, was engaged to Keana’s dad and going back to school at MidState to be a Pharmacy Technician while living with her mother, Kathy Hardy, in their close-knit town. Kathy posted a photo on Facebook of her infant granddaughter at the hospital with the words “Beautiful Miracle,” and Shelby’s aunt, Deb Carter Burwell, said, “Shelby was a fantastic mom and proud of her baby girl.”

Indeed, all was well — but only for a brief period of time. Just days after her daughter’s birth, the new mom was alone with her 10-day-old infant on a Monday morning when their home was engulfed in flames. After a wall of fire and smoke tore through the upstairs bedroom of the wood-frame house, firefighters began battling the blaze, but it was too late.

Shelby Carter was home with her daughter when the house caught on fire.

When rescuers made their way inside to the bedroom, they found Shelby Carter’s body. The young mother had died of carbon monoxide intoxication from smoke inhalation. Her newborn daughter wasn’t with her, however.

Instead, Keana’s car seat was found resting on top of a pile of debris with the newborn strapped inside after her mother made a gut-wrenching and heroic decision — one that was likely her last.

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