Inmates Help Baby Whose Mother Was Murdered

(CBS) — The baby is named Miracle.

Born three months premature, she never got the chance to meet her mother.

Doctors delivered Miracle after Parasha Beard was shot and killed in September while she was sitting in a car with her boyfriend, the intended target.

Crystal Jones, Miracle’s grandmother, says after Beard died numerous people promised to help the family.

But no one did – until now.

And that help has come from an unlikely place: Inmates at Cook County Jail.

Inmate Donzell Taylor says he was so moved by Miracle’s story that he rallied his fellow inmates to donate their commissary money to the family.

Commissary is the main currency in jail, used by inmates to purchase snacks, hygiene products and more. In all, inmates have donated more than $150.

CBS 2’s Brad Edwards was at the jail when inmates presented Jones with the money.

“You say that baby lived,” Edwards said to Taylor. “In some ways it sounds like that brought you back to life?”

“It did,” Taylor says. “The first time I ever gave back and truly meant it.”

Jones, Miracle’s grandmother, says she was overwhelmed by the donations from the inmates.

“I’m just happy,” she says. “I just got lifted up.”

Miracle is still in the hospital.

Her mother’s killer is still at large.

 

 

 

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