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 McClure Turns 25, Gets 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)

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." (More Baby Jessica stories.)

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