Mother Welcomes New Baby One Year After Best Friend Accidentally Killed Toddler

On September 16, 2014, a Tenino, Washington family suffered a tragic loss when Brynn Johnson's friend Cassie Miller accidentally ran over Johnson's 17-month-old daughter. A year later, the family welcomed a newborn daughter with their family friend.

Miller, 32, said, "I thought Rowyn was on the porch as I pulled out of the drive. But suddenly I felt a thump and both boys said, 'What was that?' I will never forget looking out of the rear view window and seeing Rowyn's lifeless body lying in the driveway." There was blood everywhere. While awaiting the emergency response, Miller began CPR on Rowyn, but it was too late.

Miller went on to say "The ambulance came and while they tried their best, Brynn and I sunk to our knees and prayed together in the grass. We were praying for a miracle." Medical officials said Rowyn died instantly.

Miller stated, "I was in shock and could not believe what had happened. Every single day I struggle with what I did and the guilt is overwhelming." While Johnson, 32, was heartbroken, she never blamed her friend for the tragedy.

Johnson said "[Rowyn] was the light of everybody's life and she touched every single person that she met. She's always been our little angel, and I have always called her that." On Oct. 15, Johnson gave birth to a daughter, Mynrow. The name was reportedly chosen by Johnson because it is a near-anagram of her deceased daughter's name. One of the first people to hold Mynrow was Miller.

Johnson added "Each day since Mynrow has been born, my heart feels just a little bit better. I still miss my Rowyn so so much, but I know in my heart Rowyn had a huge part in sending us the perfect little baby for our family. I feel like we have our own personal guardian angel and it brings me comfort knowing that she will do everything she can to keep our family safe from above."

Photo: Lewis County Watch, Stuff Co NZ

Cassie holds Mynrow for the first time, after Rowyn's tragic death.

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