3-Year-Old Survives for 2 Days After Mom's Sudden Death

teddy bearI've never been good about keeping the refrigerator stocked at all times. Mostly because I'm not very good at planning ahead and I hate carrying/putting away a week's worth of food at once, so I never buy enough food to last very long. After hearing about what happened to 3-year-old Shylah Silbery though, I think I'm going to have to change my grocery shopping ways.

Basically, it was a stocked refrigerator that saved little Shylah's life. Her story is still tragic, but it could have been so much worse.

Shylah was home alone with her 28-year-old mother Lauren when something terrible happened.


Lauren Silbery died. We won't know why until autopsy results are back, but we do know one thing: Shylah managed to survive for two days with no adult supervision, no companionship at all (save her favorite teddy bear).

Thank god there was food in that fridge, and thank god Shylah knew how to open it. Apparently she lived on milk, cheese, and lasagna for at least 48 hours. (Which, come to think of it, doesn't sound all that different from the average 3-year-old's diet.)

At that point, concerned family members called the police to check in on Lauren, who'd gone suspiciously silent. The police somehow managed to talk to Shylah through a window and convinced her to push a table over to the door so she could unlock it and let them in.

"Mummy won't wake up," she told them. (By the way, this happened in New Zealand.)

Unbearably sad, I know. The only thing that makes this story any easier to hear is knowing that Shylah is doing well after spending a few days in the hospital with diaper rash and dehydration.

God forbid anything like that ever happens to me, I hope my kids fare as well.

Do you ever think about what your child would do if something suddenly happened to you?


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