Poor baby Lilly!
She’s only a few weeks old and her life is already all drama all the time!
First off, Lilly was born slightly premature, shortly after her mother, Sarah (Brianne Davis), was involved in a serious and suspicious auto accident. Then, while her mother is still in a coma, her father, Travis (Jon Prescott), decides to take Lilly and run off to Palm Springs with her. Accompanying Travis is his overprotective mother, Virginia (Kathleen Quinlan) and Jessica (Tonya Kay), who just happens to be the friend who introduced Sarah to Travis in the first place. Speaking of just being friends, that’s what Travis swears that he and Jessica are but we all know that’s not the case. We know this because this is a Lifetime film and it’s rare that anyone’s ever just a friend in the world of Lifetime. Of course, Sarah’s parents and her sister object to Travis taking the baby to Palm Springs but what can they do? He’s the father.
Of course, eventually, Sarah wakes up and she’s like, “Where’s my baby?” When she hears that Lilly has been taken to Palm Springs, she quickly calls up Travis and demands to know what’s going on. Travis assures Sarah that his mother is looking after Lilly and promises that they’ll return the following morning. Sarah then hears Jessica talking in the background.
“IS JESSICA THERE!?” Sarah asks.
Travis, not surprisingly, doesn’t have a quick answer for that.
As should already be obvious, there was a lot more to Sarah and Travis’s whirlwind romance than just love. Unlike the attempted murder, the baby was never a part of the plan. However, now that Lilly’s been born, Travis definitely wants to keep her. Jessica, meanwhile, is concerned about how much Sarah and her family are willing to pay for the return of Baby Lilly….
Kidnapped children are pretty much a staple plot point when it comes to Lifetime movies. That really shouldn’t be surprising. The most effective Lifetime films are the ones that deal, however melodramatically, with real-life fears and what could be more scary than the thought of losing your baby? Whereas other mothers in Lifetime kidnapping films at least get to spend some time with their child before the abduction happens, Sarah wakes up to discover that her baby has been taken to another city. When she desperately asks her sister for information of how the baby looked before she was taken away, it’s a moment of intense emotional honesty.
Saving My Baby is a bit unique among Lifetime kidnapping films in that it actually spend more time with the kidnappers than with the family of the kidnapped. Don’t get me wrong. Sarah is a sympathetic character and Brianne Davis does a good job playing her but the film is far more interested in Jessica, Travis, and Virginia. As played by Jon Pescott, Travis spend most of his screentime wearing the haunted expression of someone who knows that he’s made the biggest mistake of his life. Not only does he have his wife angry at him but his mother won’t stop telling him that he’s a terrible father and his girlfriend keeps demanding that he get rid of both his mother and his daughter. Kathleen Quinlan does a great jon, keeping you guessing about Virginia. You’re never quite sure how much she knows about what Travis and Jessica are planning. However, the film is totally stolen by Tonya Kay, who is like a force of destructive nature in the role of Jessica. Jessica may be evil but you can’t help but sympathize with her frustration at times. I mean, everyone around her is just so incompetent!
Saving My Baby is an entertaining Lifetime kidnapping film. Wisely, the film eventually moves the action to Las Vegas, which is the perfect location for the movie’s melodrama. For the film’s finale, Saving My Baby makes good use of the Nevada desert, with the desolation perfectly capturing the feeling of hopelessness that Sarah’s been feeling ever since the disappearance of her daughter. It all leads to gunfire and tears and hopefully, a lesson learned about letting your no-good son-in-law take your granddaughter to Palm Springs. We can only hope.