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Comment: My heart is breaking over this story

Mamamia logo Mamamia 14/04/2017 Michelle Andrews
Jayden lavender and Jenifer Morison © AAP Image/NSW Police Jayden lavender and Jenifer Morison

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Yesterday, the youthful faces of 14-year-old Jayden Lavendar and 15-year-old Jenifer Morrison were illuminated right across Australia.

“Please broadcast this exact message as a matter of extreme urgency,” a message from the New South Wales Police, sent to every Australian media company’s inbox read. “[We are] seeking urgent public assistance to help locate a three-day-old girl.”

That newborn, named Aria Jayde, is the daughter of Jayden and Jenifer. She is the daughter they were reportedly denied by a social worker, and the daughter who was hurriedly snatched from Nepean hospital in the sleepy hours of Thursday morning.

In the quiet lobby, the teenagers were helped by a stranger - a man in an Everlast hoodie - who helped carry their bags when he noticed the tears streaming down their faces.

Thank God, Jayden, Jenifer and tiny Aria were found safe and sound in Sydney's west, a little after 4pm. They carried with them a tent, a sleeping bag, and camping supplies from Kmart.

The couple was so helpless, so desperately in love with their daughter, the only way they thought they could keep her was to run; to catch a train from Mount Druitt and live with their baby in a tent, on the fringe of society. Away from the scary rules and the scary people who said they weren't enough; that they weren't adequate to raise their own daughter.

My heart twists when I think of Jayden and Jenifer, little Aria bundled in the arms, setting up that tent.

It twists to think that these kids - and they are kids - found themselves in this nightmare, guided only by their naivety and adoration for the child they believed they wouldn't be allowed to have.

It twists for social workers, who face these tough decisions every day, the people who are just doing their job, and trying to keep children safe.

It twists for other kids, the ones just like Jayden and Jenifer, who were perhaps never given a chance.

My heart twists for Aria. The baby in the middle of this whole mess.

Jayden and Jenifer's plan to raise their baby in a tent was a bad plan; a dead end one. The kind of plan my young mind would've concocted at the tender age of 14. One that would be found in the pages of a fairytale. It's the kind of plan that says more about this story than my words could ever say.

More than anything, I hope a good plan - the right plan - comes out of this story. One that gives baby Aria the chance she so dearly deserves.

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