Darren and Mindy (Whittle) Hays welcomed their first daughter, Elizabeth Brooklyn Hays, or "Ellie" on April 11, 2013. Ellie was born at Hannibal Regional Hospital at 12:03 pm. She weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces, and was 18.5 inches long. She was welcomed home by big brother, Mason, who is two. Maternal grandparents are Darrell and Beth Whittle of Barnett, Mo and paternal grandfather is Phil Hays of Monroe City.