Awful Ending After Girl, 8, Walks Miles to Get Mom Help

Mother was ultimately found dead after car crash
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 4, 2020 4:04 PM CST
Tragic Ending After 8-Year-Old Walks Miles to Get Mom Help
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After her mom crashed their car into a ditch Sunday night, an 8-year-old Georgia girl walked through the woods for miles to get help for her mother. Tragically, however, the 32-year-old woman was ultimately found dead, NBC News reports. Authorities say Mandi Morehouse initially left the vehicle with her daughter to look for help, but apparently got lost and ended up spending that night in the woods. Then "[the daughter] stayed for a second night with her [Monday] night in the woods and she said her Mommy was unresponsive this morning and she knew that she needed to walk out somewhere," the Liberty County sheriff told WSAV on Tuesday. An off-duty EMT spotted the 8-year-old wandering alone near Riceboro around 2:30pm that day.

A missing persons report had been filed for the pair Tuesday morning, after Morehouse reportedly sent someone a message asking for help because she was stuck on the side of the road. Her body was ultimately found around 6pm Tuesday, about three miles from where the car crashed. The sheriff says information from the girl helped authorities find her mom: "She’s a brave little girl and she’s to be commended for her part in finding her mother." As for the girl, she was wet, cold, and suffering from scratches and bug bites when found but is doing OK and is with relatives. Authorities believe she walked about four miles. (More Georgia stories.)

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