There are at least three alternate headlines that could have told the story of 2-year-old Jakob Heintzelman. Each would have grabbed the reader right by the heart:
“2-year-old boy drowns in Virginia’s Shenandoah River”
“Body of 2-year-old boy recovered near George Washington National Forest”
“2-year-old boy abducted — Amber Alert issued”
Because of angels — both unseen and in the flesh — Jakob and his Labrador retriever, Chance, are alive today. In the end, those sensational, gut-wrenching headlines, no matter how likely they once seemed when the story began, never had a chance.