Baby Jessica Turns 25

Now a grown-up mom, Jessica McClure gets her $800K trust fund

By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 27, 2011 6:29 AM CDT

(Newser) – Baby Jessica—the 18-month-old girl who was trapped in an abandoned water well for two and a half days in 1987, captivating America—is a baby no more, reports the AP. She turned 25 yesterday, old enough at last to have access to an $800,000 trust fund, left to her by thousands of strangers who followed her ordeal. Jessica now has no memory of being trapped, or of the 15 operations that followed, although she does still have a scar from her hairline to her nose, and she lost a toe.

Today, Jessica is Jessica McClure Morales, a stay-at-home mother of two who lives less than two miles from that infamous well. She and her husband run a car- and truck-washing business from their home. "That's all Jessica has ever wanted was to be a mom and have a family," said her father. "She's a good mom and keeps her eyes on her kids. She's certainly a doting mother."

Baby Jessica, who captivated America when she was stuck in a well in 1987, just turned 25, old enough to gain a $800,000 trust fund.
Baby Jessica, who captivated America when she was stuck in a well in 1987, just turned 25, old enough to gain a $800,000 trust fund.   (AP Photo/File)
In this October 1987 file photo, a rescue worker carries 18-month-old Jessica McClure to safety in Midland, Texas, after being trapped for 58 hours after she plunged 22 feet into an abandoned well.
In this October 1987 file photo, a rescue worker carries 18-month-old Jessica McClure to safety in Midland, Texas, after being trapped for 58 hours after she plunged 22 feet into an abandoned well.   (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
FILE - In this Oct. 18, 1987 file photo, Jessica McClure, who was trapped for 58 hours after she plunged 22 feet into an abandoned water well in Midland, Texas, is seen with her mother and father, Reba and Chip.
FILE - In this Oct. 18, 1987 file photo, Jessica McClure, who was trapped for 58 hours after she plunged 22 feet into an abandoned water well in Midland, Texas, is seen with her mother and father, Reba...   (AP Photo/J. P. Hearn, File)
Rescue workers carry 18-month-old Jessica McClure in this Oct.16,1987 file photo, shortly after she was rescued from an abandoned well in Midland, Texas.
Rescue workers carry 18-month-old Jessica McClure in this Oct.16,1987 file photo, shortly after she was rescued from an abandoned well in Midland, Texas.   (AP photo/Eric Gay, file)
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