(CBS NEWS) -- A woman from Phoenix and a man from Cleveland who were once strangers now share an unlikely friendship and a love for a baby girl.

Rubin Swift was in Phoenix to pick up his newborn daughter, Ru-Andria. He had just been granted custody of his daughter and was going to fly home to Cleveland with her.

But when Swift arrived at Phoenix's Sky Harbor International Airport, he was told that he and Ru-Andria could not return home yet. Frontier Airlines' policy states that babies under seven days old cannot fly. Ru-Andria was just four days old.

Swift says he had a note from the hospital saying the baby was clear to fly, but the airline would not allow it. He left the airport with no place to stay for the next three days.

That's where Joy Ringhofer comes in. Ringhofer volunteers at Banner University Medical Center, where Ru-Andria was born. She met Swift when he came to pick up his new daughter.

"I was rocking her when her father came in and we sort of made a connection right away," Ringhofer told CBS Phoenix affiliate KPHO.

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