TAMPA - "Nevaeh means heaven backwards-- that's why she picked that name because she said that that was her gift from God, because she was special,” said victim’s Aunt Mildred Valentin.
Nevaeh Nia Valentin was born with Down Syndrome. Her family says her mom showered her with special attention.
"She's always dressing her up, taking pictures of her," said victim’s mother Sonia Prohaska.
The 6-month old is also a miracle baby, because she survived a terrible wreck her mom did not.
"Always very careful with her, especially in the car," said the victim’s mother.
Florida Troopers say baby Nevaeh Nia Valentin was properly strapped into a car seat in the back middle seat. It saved her life when her mom, Olga Valentin, lost control of the car Monday morning on State Road 60 near Highway 301.
"She always made sure she buckled them down, even when I put my son in there, she'd buckle them down," said the victim’s cousin, Lynnetzie Lajara.
No one's sure why the young mother wasn't wearing a seat belt. The car rolled over and skidded into a ditch, ejecting Valentin and pinning her underneath the wreck. Nevaeh was unharmed.
"She's a miracle. It was a miracle that she made it through all of that," said Lajara.
The infant's grandmother, aunts and cousins say their family will get them through their loss.
And Nevaeh—don’t worry about her. She's special and her family won't ever let her forget it.
"She had a wonderful mom and we'll make sure she knows that as she grows older," said her aunt.
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