A day after little Neveah Pierce survived a crash that killed her mother, she was reunited with her grandmother. She's has faced some big challenges already at age six months, but her family says they have the hope and love they need to care for her.
"She'll be looking up at the angels," said her grandmother Sonia Prohaska.
Angels kept her safe, the child whose name is "Heaven" spelled backwards. That's what the family of the 6-month old believes. They feel the child was watched from above during this deadly crash on Monday.
It killed her mother, Olga Valentin.
"I love her. I love her a lot. I'm going to miss her a lot. I'm missing her now," said Prohaska.
Relatives say Valentin was on her way to see a friend who wanted to meet the baby. On the way, she somehow drove into the center median of Adamo Drive. Her car rolled over several times, throwing Valentin -- who wasn't wearing a seat belt -- out of the vehicle. Neveah was strapped in the car seat and was turned over to her grandmother with hardly a scratch or bruise.
The baby was born with Down syndrome. Her father is in jail for a parole violation. Now with her mother gone, the family is shaken, but will step in to care for the child.
"God knows what he gives you. And she's a special child and she's going to get as much love as we all give her," said Lynnetzie Lajara, Olga's Cousin
She and Olga were pregnant at the same time last year. The two of them planned to raise Malik and Neveah together.
Now. it's changed.
"We can see my cousin through all her kids because they're the spitting image of her," she said.
Valentin leaves behind two other children who live with their father.
Neveah will be in the care of her grandmother for now.
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