SPANISH FORK, Utah (MEDIA GENERAL) – “We would like to thank the first responders, medical personnel, policemen and firefighters who risked their own lives to save this sweet baby,” proclaims a gofundme site (gofundme.com/jennyandlily) set up for Lynn “Jenny” Groesbeck and her daughter Lily. The money will be used for funeral expenses for Jenny and Lily’s ongoing medical care.
The 18-month-old, Lily, was found in a frigid Utah river after being strapped in a car seat upside-down for some 14 hours before being found by a fisherman. Jenny Groesbeck, 25, was found dead in the car, police said Sunday.
The fisherman discovered the car on its top about 12:30 p.m. Saturday in the Spanish Fork River in Spanish Fork, about 50 miles south of Salt Lake City. Investigators think the wreck happened at 10:30 p.m. Friday when someone who lives near the scene heard a noise, but didn’t see anything unusual.
Lily was found hanging upside down above the river that flowed through the car, and the water never reached high enough to touch her. The temperature dipped to the low- to mid-30s overnight while the girl was trapped in the car.
According to the Desert News (http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865623741/Child-stuck-14-hours-in-wrecked-car-still-critical-mom-remembered-as-compassionate.html?pg=all) , four Spanish Fork police officers all say they heard somebody inside the car saying, ‘Help.’ Officer Jared Warner repeated the story to the News. “We’re not exactly sure where that voice came from,” Warner told the paper.
The young child, Lily, was improving at last check. She had been upgraded from critical to stable status and is being treated at Primary Childrens Hospital in Salt Lake City. “Your prayers are appreciated,” the gofundme site reads.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.