Brooklyn woman steps in and takes care of baby girl after sister loses battle with COVID-19 – CBS New York

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The life at home of a Brooklyn baby was uncertain following the death of his foster mother from COVID-19.But the woman’s sister selflessly stepped in to help, CBS2’s Hazel Sanchez reported Thursday.

Just days after 10-month-old Kaylin was born, she was placed in the care of her adoptive mother, Sharon Henry of Canarsie, Brooklyn. Marjorie Allen is Henry’s sister.

“Joy. Just pure joy. She loved this baby so much. She doesn’t leave her anywhere unless she has to, ”Allen said. “It was his heart. His whole soul was that baby.

But in April, when Kaylin was just 6 months old, Henry, 59, who suffered from lupus, was hospitalized with COVID-19.

“We got the phone call she made, and it was very devastating for the whole family,” Allen said.

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Henry left behind three grown children and little Kaylin. His last wish was for the baby to continue living in the Canarsie house that Henry shared with his sister Marjorie, their mother and children.

“This is the last wish I could have granted her, was to take Kaylin and take care of her and at some point she goes back to her mother,” Henry said. “We had to do it. There was no hesitation, nothing.

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They contacted Olukayode Ojo, their social worker at the foster care agency, Rising Ground. Keeping Kaylin with the family who already know and love her made perfect sense for everyone, including her birth mother.

“I assured him it was a good family. They will continue to care for your child until she comes back to you, and of course she agreed with me, ”Ojo said.

“This is truly the best possible situation we could ever ask for,” said Aldervan Daly of Rising Ground.

“We were delighted. We were screaming. We were so happy, ”Allen added.

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Kaylin is clearly happy, prosperous, and growing.

Allen said she found comfort in knowing her sister would be proud.

” I love him so much. It’s all I can do for her, carry on that legacy for her, ”Allen said.

It is a legacy of love that is now perpetuated in this beautiful little girl.

Henry reportedly celebrated his 60th birthday this month. Her entire family, including baby’s biological mother Kaylin, will come together this weekend to honor her memory.

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