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'Happened for a reason': US university student applies to adopt baby he found in rubbish bin

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A US university student has applied to adopt a baby he found distressed in a rubbish bin covered in ants while on holiday in the Caribbeans. 

In December 2017 Jimmy Amisial went to Haiti to visit his mother Elicie Jean during a study break from Texas State University.

The Daily Mail reports Amisial has helped out at an orphanage next to his home in Haiti since he was young, and would often bring back presents for children when visiting his mum. 

The university student was on his way to the orphanage when he came across a large group of people standing around a rubbish bin.

Amisial made his way through the group and discovered a four-month-old baby inside the rubbish bin distressed and covered in ants. 

Amisial picked up the baby and took him to his mother Jean's home, where they washed, fed and put clothes on him before taking the child to the doctors. 

"He was crying and had no clothes on and I could see the pain in his eyes. I had to do something."

Amisial and Jean reported their shocking discovery to the police, and when authorities couldn't find the child's birth parents a judge asked the student to become a legal guardian. 

"When I woke up that day, I was totally unaware that my life was about to change forever," Amisial told the Mail

The decision to become the legal guardian of the little boy wasn't an easy one to make, Amisial said.

"When I was asked to raise him, I stayed awake for days tossing and turning, trying to make a decision," he told the Mail

"Something inside was telling me that this had happened for a reason, so I took a leap of faith."

Amisial named the baby boy Emilio, and four and a half years later, the pair have a bond like no other. 

He told the Mail his mother has had an important role in their journey, looking after Emilio while Amisial studied.

The Mail reports that Amisial has now applied to formally adopt Emilio and become his official dad. 

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