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Baby survives after being strapped in a car seat upside-down in a freezing river for 14 hours

Lynn Jennifer Groesbeck and her 18-month-old daughter, Lily were found inside the crashed car in Utah's Spanish Fork river on Saturday
Lynn Jennifer Groesbeck and her 18-month-old daughter, Lily were found inside the crashed car in Utah's Spanish Fork river on Saturday

A baby has survived being strapped in a car seat upside-down in a freezing river for 14 hours.

Police said the 18-month-old girl’s condition was upgraded from critical to stable at a Salt Lake City hospital.

However,  her 25-year-old mother, Lynn Groesbeck, of Springville, was found dead in the car.

A fisherman found the car upside down on Saturday afternoon in Spanish Fork River, in Spanish Fork, Utah.

The baby was flown to a hospital around 50 miles away in Salt Lake City in an unknown condition.

Police Lieutenant Matt Johnson said the woman left the city of Salem on Friday evening to drive to her home in Springville.

A resident said he thought he heard an accident at around 11pm US time, but he could not find anything.

According to a press release from Spanish Fork Police Department cited by television station Fox 13 Salt Lake City, it is thought the car hit a cement barrier on the south end of a bridge and then went into the river.

The car was discovered at around 12.30pm on Saturday.

Some of the emergency responders who attended the crash had to be treated in hospital for hypothermia, but were later released.