Elizabeth Smart Gave Birth to a Baby Girl

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Elizabeth Smart is now a mom. The 27-year-old kidnapping survivor gave birth to a baby girl named Chloe, back in February. Smart was 14 when she was taken from her parent’s home in Salt Lake City in 2002. She was held captive by a street preacher for nine months before she was found.


“I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for my mom,” Smart told People in a past interview. “My mom is a hero and has influenced my life more than any other person, and I’d like to have that same influence on my children.” Since her ordeal, Smart has become an activist for kidnapping survivors and child victims of abuse. In 2011, she founded The Elizabeth Smart Foundation, which aims to prevent predatory crimes by working with law enforcement and educates kids on how to protect themselves.

Smart has also been an advocate for the Amber Alert and other legislatives that help prevent child abductions. She and husband Matthew Gilmour, who she met during mission work in France, were married in 2012.


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I’m the same age as Elizabeth and her story, since she was missing to when she was found and beyond, has always stayed with me. Primarily how she schooled Nancy Grace during an interview, and how she talked about how her school and church’s teachings of purity negatively impacted her after she returned home. Congratulations to her and her husband on their daughter!