Samantha was shocked when a strange woman showed up at her door and said her baby wasn’t hers. She didn’t believe it, but the DNA test revealed something shocking, and her husband confessed a horrible truth.
“Hello, may I help you?” Samantha asked the woman who had shown up at her door. The stranger looked up at her with worried eyes. Her hair was in disarray, and her demeanor was odd. But Samantha’s mother had taught her manners, and she would greet everyone politely. After all, everyone at Birmingham, Alabama, dripped of Southern charm.
“Yes, are you Samantha Hanson?” the woman asked suddenly.
The stranger said something unbelievable about her baby, Grace. | Source: Shutterstock
“Yes, I am. What can I do for you?”
“This is going to sound awful, and it might be the worst news of your life, but you gave birth at UAB Hospital, correct? I believe you took my baby,” the stranger revealed.
Samantha’s mouth dropped open, and despite her stellar manners, she started laughing. “Listen, ma’am. I don’t know what’s your game, but I suggest you leave right now before I call my husband over here,” she told the woman at her door.
“I know!” the woman yelled desperately. Tears started running down her face. “I know it sounds insane. But I have a feeling. The doctors said my baby died, but she was completely healthy when I held her for the first time. Something happened at the hospital. I know it!”
Samantha almost cringed at the word “healthy” coming from the woman’s mouth. She and her husband, Henry, had a difficult time getting pregnant. They suffered several miscarriages and went through harrowing IVF rounds. Childbirth had been complicated, but now, they finally had their baby, Grace. She was perfect. Vibrant. The picture of health. It was all worth it. And she belonged to her.
The woman was desperate, but Samantha didn’t believe her. | Source: Unsplash
“Something could’ve happened at the hospital, but I don’t see how that concerns me,” Samantha spoke up, starting to get angry at the idea that someone wanted to take Grace away.
“Please! I beg you! What would you do in my shoes? My friend at the hospital gave me the list of all the babies born that day at the hospital two weeks ago, and yours was the only other girl. Please! Help me!” the woman begged and sobbed.
“What do you want me to do?”
“Get a DNA test. Please! If anything, it’ll prove the truth, and I might get some closure. Please! I can’t get this feeling out of my gut. I’m dying. Please!” the stranger continued.
“I’ll think about it,” Samantha offered quietly and shut the front door in the stranger’s face. She seethed over this situation for several days and didn’t want to tell Henry anything about it. He was so happy with the baby.
However, Samantha caved and told him about the strange visitor. She expected him to react poorly and call the woman crazy, but her husband went insane. He started shouting about calling the police and moving away immediately. He also started sweating and searching online.
Henry started acting strange after she told him what happened. | Source: Pexels
Samantha knew he wanted to protect Grace, but his reaction was a bit over-the-top, in her opinion. Moreover, she didn’t want to move or hurt the woman. The stranger was obviously grieving the loss of her child, and she knew what it was like to be in her shoes.
Therefore, she came to a decision. A DNA test couldn’t hurt, and it would put everyone’s worries to rest. The woman would find closure, and everyone could move on from that subject.
Unfortunately, the results floored Samantha. Grace was not her biological daughter or Henry’s. She had opened the letter in her living room and flopped down on the sofa afterward. Her tears fell slowly but surely for a long time.
But while her body couldn’t move, her mind went a mile a minute. The stranger was right. Something happened at the hospital, and Samantha knew it wasn’t a mistake or a coincidence.
She was still sitting on the couch when Henry arrived home from work. “Hey, honey. How was your—”
Samantha couldn’t believe it, but she knew her husband had done something. | Source: Pexels
“WHAT DID YOU DO?” Samantha yelled, rising quickly from the couch and looking at her husband with her tearful face. Henry looked at her, and his eyes went to the papers in her hands. His face showed visible panic.
“Now, listen to me, Samantha. I had to. We couldn’t take another loss. We deserved—”
“YOU STOLE A CHILD FROM ANOTHER WOMAN!” she screamed once again and fell to the floor, her body shaking with renewed sobs.
Henry tried to justify his actions and comfort her, but his words didn’t register. Samantha couldn’t deal with it. He stole a baby from another woman. It was unbelievable, but her husband did it. And she couldn’t see how anyone would do something so despicable.
Suddenly, his words finally started to make sense. “We can leave. We can leave right now. I’ve been searching for homes in Seattle. I already have a job lined up. We can start packing and be gone by the end of the week,” Henry continued, planning and grabbing his phone. “Let me get our travel bags from the attic.”
The police came and arrested Henry. | Source: Pexels
As soon as he left, Samantha moved. She called 911 and told them the story. The police showed up at their door a few minutes later, and she repeated everything. Henry was surprised to see them at their door and tried to resist arrest.
“No! Samantha! You can’t do this! This is our chance to have a family!” he called out at Samantha as the cops dragged him away.
Samantha couldn’t even look at him. But she asked the officers to help her find the strange woman who had visited her. Luckily, the hospital complied, as this was a special case, and gave her the name: Melissa Morris.
The following morning, the officers came with Melissa and her husband in tow to take their child home. Samantha had already packed everything, even as her heart broke into a million pieces. She greeted them with Grace in her arms.
She stared at Melissa, who was crying and looking at the bundle in her arms. “I’m so sorry I didn’t believe you. I never imagined my husband would do something like this,” she began.
Melissa thanked Samantha for getting the DNA test. | Source: Unsplash
“Thank you. Thank you for finding out the truth. I’m so sorry too,” Melissa answered and raised her arms to take the baby. Samantha made the exchange, kissing Grace for the last time.
Henry finally confessed to the police that he had snuck into the newborn wing and saw that their baby was breathing badly. He decided to exchange her with the other newborn girl, and Samantha’s biological child died that night from a severe infection.
Afterward, he was sentenced to several years in prison, as his actions were tantamount to kidnapping. Luckily, Samantha was cleared because she had been in the maternity wing recovering after her difficult delivery.
Soon, she filed for divorce, which was granted easily. But most surprisingly, Melissa started visiting her with Grace. They became close friends, and eventually, she was named Grace’s godmother.
Samantha was glad to be involved in the baby’s life in a small way and grateful that Melissa was kind enough to include her.
Samantha found her happiness years later. | Source: Pexels
A few years later, Samantha met a new man, married, and adopted two kids who desperately needed a home. Grace acted like a big sister to them.
What can we learn from this story?
- A mother’s intuition is unparalleled. Melissa had a gut feeling that something odd had happened at the hospital, and she followed it. Samantha also felt like something was wrong after witnessing her husband’s reaction.
- You must right all wrongs, even if they are too horrible to imagine. Samantha could’ve followed her husband’s plan and become a criminal with him. But she did the right thing and returned her baby.
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