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Elizabeth Smart, Kidnapping Victim Turned Child Safety Advocate, Gives Birth To Third Child

Smart, whose 2002 abduction from her home in Salt Lake City captured national headlines and attention, named her newest daughter Olivia.

By Jill Sederstrom

Teenage kidnapping survivor Elizabeth Smart has given birth to her third child.

Smart announced the birth on her Instagram account on Monday with a picture of her holding new daughter Olivia as husband Matthew Gilmour, whom Smart wed in 2012, looks on.

In the post, Smart said, "So happy to welcome Olivia to our family!"

The family, who lives in Park City, Utah, announced their third pregnancy in June with an ultrasound picture posted on Instagram.

Smart — who is also mother to daughter Chloe, aged 3, and son James, who is 19 months old — has become a vocal advocate for child safety after she was kidnapped from her Salt Lake City home in June 2002 at the age of 14.

Smart, now 31, was taken from the bedroom she shared with her sister, after street preacher Brian David Mitchell had come into the home through an open window and threatened her at knifepoint.

She was held captive for nine horrific months by Mitchell and his wife, Wanda Barzee.

Smart was eventually rescued after someone recognized the couple on a street in Utah and contacted authorities.

Mitchell was later sentenced to life in prison for kidnapping and raping Smart. Barzee had also been serving time in prison for her role, but was unexpectedly released in September after it was determined that authorities had miscalculated the time she should serve behind bars.

Smart vocally opposed the release and wanted Barzee to be sent to a mental health facility after she was freed, saying she felt Barzee was a danger to society.

Despite the release, Smart pledged to not live in a "state of fear," and said she had taken steps to protect her family.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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