Man Tracks Down Abandoned Baby He Saved—in 1955
Dave Hickman was 14 when he found girl left to die in field
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 2, 2014 12:52 PM CST
Updated Mar 2, 2014 6:00 PM CST
Some 58 years after Dave Hickman found an abandoned baby in a field, he tracked her down.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Every time you read about an abandoned newborn and think, "what kind of depraved human being would do that?", you're having exactly the same thought 14-year-old Dave Hickman did on Sept. 22, 1955, when he found a days-old baby girl left to die in the Indiana field where he was squirrel hunting. After hearing a cooing noise, he stumbled upon the infant, cold, wet, and "laying in the brush and sticks ... looking up me," says Hickman, who now lives in Tennessee. But unlike anyone who casually read the headline, Hickman says he thought about that little girl every day for the last 58 years, and as the Palladium-Item reports, he finally got serious about tracking her down in December.

The infant was dubbed Roseann Wayne by nurses, her surname coming from Wayne County, where Hickman found her. She was adopted by a couple, and was even brought to say goodbye to Hickman, but then disappeared. Eventually Hickman hooked up with a retired Wayne County sheriff, who says he talked to some 75 people aged "80 or better" before he hit pay dirt and found Baby Roseann in California. She is 58-year-old Mary Ellen Suey—mom to two, grandmother to four—and, as Hickman says, "a very lovely lady." The two have talked by phone and plan to meet in May. "There was an instant bond between Ellen and me," says Hickman. "It's almost as if she was my baby." Says Suey: "He's my hero." (Click for the story of a police department that has honored an abandoned baby every year—for the past 26 years.)

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Mar 4, 2014 9:45 AM CST
Great story! Would like to hear of more good deeds!
Mar 3, 2014 3:19 PM CST
I guess there are still heroes in the world after all.
Daniel the bruce
Mar 3, 2014 12:20 PM CST
I doubt that my wife would have allowed the baby to be adopted by another family, if one of my son's brought the baby home and she saw it, that would end the discussion....just sayin'