LEWISTON (WGME) — In Lewiston, the fierce winds Monday night snapped a large tree which fell on an apartment — and a baby in her crib. The baby came away without a scratch.
The parents said their 6-month-old baby girl — who was in a crib dangling from the apartment building — is somehow doing just fine.
Neighbors of the Tall Pines apartment complex heard and felt the tree coming down around 8:45 p.m. Monday night.
“All of a sudden we heard this big, big bang,” said neighbor Terri Holloman.
“The walls, the floor, went ‘whoof,’ like really shook,” said Matthew Buckman, another neighbor.
“Then when we came downstairs and saw all this, I was mortified,” Holloman added. “Then I found out about the baby.”
The baby, 6-month-old Aryhanne, had just been put in her crib 15 minutes earlier.
Her mother said her baby girl was sound asleep when the tree came crashing into her crib, knocking three walls of the crib down onto the ground below.
“Parts of the crib are down in the rubble down below. Not all of it stayed in there,” said Aaron Trundy of Webster Tree Service.
But somehow, the baby did.
Matthew Buckman, whose family lives a few doors down, ran over and asked the baby’s mother if everyone was OK.
“She was frantic. She was saying ‘The roof came down on my baby. And there’s insulation all over my baby.’ And I said, ‘Did anybody call 911?” he said.
The baby’s mother said her husband ran into Aryhanne’s bedroom and started looking for her.
He grabbed her leg, protected her head and handed her to mom– fearing the floor might collapse.
But somehow, Aryhanne managed to stay in her crib and not fall to the ground below.
Her mother said only God could protect her daughter and he did.
“I don’t know. It’s a miracle, really,” he said. “It was like somebody was there holding everything up.”