HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - His life began in a state of uncertainty, but tonight a new beginning for a baby boy found abandoned nearly one year ago.
This morning began a brand-new chapter for the little boy and his parents. An adoption ceremony was held for the 11-month-old.
For the first time today, we got to see the little boy who made headlines last August when he was found all alone on the side of the road. His parents signed adoption papers in front of dozens of supporters. Their son was the star of the show.
Terrence and Bridget Allen waited a long time for this moment, to officially adopt a baby boy who came into their lives so unexpectedly.
"What was it like when you first laid eyes on him? Love at first sight," said Terrence Allen.
Little Nehemiah Christopher Allen made the headlines last August 27, when a woman found him lying naked in the grass off Samara Drive. His biological parents never came forward.
"We pretty much just got a phone call. We finished our training as foster parents and I claimed it. I claimed it," said both Terrence and Bridget Allen.
Nearly one year later, the Allens put pen to paper, finalizing the adoption. The 11-month-old again stole the show, this time with his smile and fun-loving personality. He won the hearts of everyone in the courtroom including the judge.
"I want to properly introduce you to Nehemiah Christopher Allen," said Henrico Circuit Judge Gary Hicks.
Terrence works for an insurance company, his wife Bridget is a certified nursing assistant. They've been married for six years and tried to have a baby of their own, but then turned to foster care. Terrence says one day they'll tell their son his incredible survival story.
"We would go ahead and let him know exactly who he is, and how he came to be. We don't believe that should be held from him or from any child," said Terrence Allen.
In the meantime, Nehemiah's grandparents say he'll be one spoiled little boy.
"Just love him and spoil him to death, every day, every hour," said Hazel Allen.
"I prayed for a grandson and I'm 57-years-old and I got at least 40 or 50 years to spoil this child," said Michael Allen.
The Allens are planning a big birthday celebration for Nehemiah next month at Deep Run Park.