Fisherman spots car in river, young mom dead inside, baby still alive

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SPANISH FORK (ABC 4 Utah)- Even police can’t explain it. How did an 18-month-old baby survive for more than 12 hours in bone chilling water? Her mother died. Today the infant is fighting for her life.

Police say the 25-year-old Lynn Jennifer Groesbeck from Springville was driving when she went over a bridge, and into a river near Main Street and Arrowhead Drive in Spanish Fork Friday night. 
The car was spotted Saturday some 12 hours later. Rescue crews helped get the baby out of the car but it was so cold even the responding police and firefighters suffered hypothermia. 

Lt. Cory Slaymaker, Spanish Fork Police Departments, said “The baby was in a car seat in the backseat on the passenger side. The vehicle was on it’s top so the car seat could have been out of the water. The car seat was in the embankment so I don’t know how much water was getting into the car.”

Sunday afternoon, Spanish Fork police said the baby is in “critical but stable condition” at Primary Children’s hospital. 

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