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
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)

(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."

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Mar 28, 2011 4:49 PM CDT
So...she got 800,000 dollars for being stuck in a well when she was a baby? Goddamn, people are weird. Is Gabrielle Giffords going to get some kind of present for being shot? Perhaps a Shelby GT500? I don't know what receiving a car has to do with being shot but I also don't know what 800,000 dollars has to do with being trapped in a well. Honestly, I would hope that if I got money or an award for something like this I would have the will power to donate all of it.
Mar 27, 2011 10:51 PM CDT
So, you could not get a picture to show what she looks like now?
Mar 27, 2011 5:05 PM CDT
Let a mongoose loose in the reptile house..or a monkey or two and they'll let you know where it is:)