Baby found covered in blood, hospitalized after attack in Winnipeg

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WINNIPEG - The grandmother of a one-year-old girl whose head was bashed against a sidewalk says she wants to hug the teenager who sprang into action and saved baby Vanessa's life.
Lena Flett believes a 20-year-old woman will be facing charges for the attack.
"I feel so sad right now," said the grandmother, adding Vanessa was in stable condition in hospital Tuesday night.
Flett said her daughter Daisy Houle, 24, was devastated by the beating of her child.
"That lady kidnapped the baby and took her in the corner to beat her up," Flett alleged. "(My daughter) is really upset. She cries off and on."
Flett wouldn't say anymore.
Tyler Bilsborrow, 18, stepped outside his family's Winnipeg home for a smoke around 4:30 a.m. Tuesday and heard "weird sounds, like screaming sounds" nearby.
"At first I thought it was two cats fighting in a field because there's a street lamp that doesn't work and it was dark there," recalled Bilsborrow.
Curious, he walked around a corner to see what was going on. He said he spotted a woman sitting on the pavement.
"I was walking slow at first. I thought she was just some drunk woman being stupid or whatever. As I got closer, I realized that was not what it was," he said.
"As I was walking closer, I saw a lady there holding her baby around the neck, face down, hitting it into the cement."
Bilsborrow said the woman let go of the child and starting running when he approached. He looked down to find the seriously injured child.
The baby looked less than a year old, but he couldn't tell if it was a boy or a girl.
"It was completely covered in blood. It looked pretty bad. The nose looked like it was broken, all swollen. (The baby) could barely open it eyes. From head to toe, just covered in blood."
The child was wearing only a T-shirt and a diaper, he said.
Bilsborrow took the sweater off his back, wrapped the baby to keep it warm and called police for help.
His mother, Pearl Bilsborrow, arrived home shortly after to the flashing lights of police cars and word that her son had saved a baby.
A neighbour said she heard crying at about 4 a.m. and, thinking it was one of her kids, got up.
That's when she saw a woman on the front street.
"She was crying. She didn't know where her baby was, her daughter," the woman said.
Flett said Bilsborrow is a hero for rescuing her granddaughter.
"I wanted to meet him," Flett said. "I just want to, I don't know, hug him or thank him for saving my granddaughter. Good thing he was outside this morning."

Geographic location: Winnipeg

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