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Man who saved abandoned newborn reunites with her at her graduation

Man who saved abandoned newborn reunites with her at her graduation

In 1995, Charlie Heflin found an abandoned newborn in an Illinois cemetery. Now, Heflin has reunited with Skyler James, the woman he saved that night.

Skyler's adoptive mother, Bonnie James, found Heflin on Facebook and invited him to Skyler's high school graduation ceremony. "There were quite a few tears," Heflin told 14 News WFIE.

"They took me over to Charlie and he introduced himself to me and told me the whole story again," Skyler said. "I was totally shocked. It's something that I've dreamed of since I was a little kid, and it's amazing."

Heflin's rescue inspired Illinois' "safe haven" law, which allows parents to drop off newborns at police stations, fire departments, and emergency rooms. Watch the full, heartwarming news report below. --Meghan DeMaria