Little Hayleigh's mother, Megan Wheelock, has been going through tough times and needed some help. With her husband in jail for drug charges and an unstable work and living arrangement of her own, Megan knew that it was best if she had her precious daughter stayed somewhere else for a while until she could get back on her feet.
That’s when their family friend, Ron Finkler, entered the equation.
Finkler offered to watch Hayleigh, and Megan accepted. Hayleigh began living temporarily with the kind friend.
As Mother’s Day approached, Megan was anticipating a visit from her little girl, but grew anxious as the day went on and she didn’t hear from Finkler. Concerned, her mother-in-law even called the phone over at Finkler’s place and was assured that all was well when Hayleigh herself answered the phone.
Three days later, and Megan’s motherly intuition was just too much to bear.
She knew that something wasn’t right. Finkler would have contacted her by now if everything was okay, so she called the local Reed City, Michigan authorities and asked if they could swing by and check on Hayleigh.
When they did, they discovered that Ron Finkler had passed away from natural causes about three days prior, leaving little Hayleigh to fend for herself entirely. She was immediately taken to the hospital to undergo tests and treatments, but had managed to keep herself alive and well for so long without any help or supervision.
According to Wood8 TV, nobody thought to go to Ron’s house until Tuesday, when cops were called out to the foul scene that Haleigh’s family found. The toddler looked up at her mother and said, “Ron’s dead,” which cops determined had been the case for at least two days. Haleigh had fended for herself for almost the entire time she was in the sitter’s care, after he suddenly and mysteriously died
What a testament to the tenacity of the human spirit!