The infant was discovered by the family who resides nearby. It was no less than a miracle that they found the baby on time as they had been away on vacation and had returned just that night.
Authorities in Georgia are currently seeking the help of the public to identify a newborn girl who was found abandoned alive in the woods inside a plastic bag. The infant was discovered late Thursday night by Forsyth County deputies after the station received a call from an individual who claimed to have heard cries coming from the woods near a local road.
Upon arrival, the responding deputies were shocked to discover that the cries were coming from the newborn who appeared to be just a few hours old. Despite the dangerous circumstances she was left in, the little one persevered and is currently in good condition at the hospital.
The baby appeared to have been born hours before she was found. https://t.co/IoZyn0gdDV— WTKR News 3 (@WTKR3) June 8, 2019
According to PEOPLE, Forsyth County Sheriff Ron Freeman revealed during a press conference on Friday that the call that led to the baby's discovery had been made by a resident nearby. It was no less than a miracle that the infant was found before it was too late for her as there was only one home nearby and the family that lived there had been away on a vacation.
Fortunately, they returned just before 10 p.m. and as they were unpacking and happened to hear cries coming from the woods nearby, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Deputies discovered the infant in an isolated area after residents returning home from vacation contacted 911 to report a crying baby.https://t.co/BXsR1cTxZp— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) June 8, 2019
Homeowner Alan Ragetz revealed that if it had not been for his daughters, he may never have gone to investigate the source of the cries. He'd initially thought it was a wild animal wailing in the woods and had only gone to take a closer look when his girls grabbed their flashlights.
They discovered that the sound was coming from a pile of leaves. "We went down, pulled it up, there was a poor little baby wrapped in a plastic bag. She was alive, she was crying, so we figured that was a good sign," said Ragetz, adding that the infant could not have been more than a few hours old.
“Dad, we hear a baby:” A Georgia dad recounted the moment he and his daughters found a newborn inside a plastic bag late Thursday night. https://t.co/UxalMumetb— KENS 5 (@KENS5) June 8, 2019
Speaking about the newborn's miraculous discover, Sheriff Freeman said in a statement, "It is without doubt a divine intervention that this child was found. Thank God they went out and investigated that, and immediately called 911."
The deputies who arrived to investigate Ragetz's call administered first aid on the baby and took her to a local hospital where she now remains in good condition. Since she has not been identified, hospital workers decided to temporarily name the child India, instead of the standard baby Jane Doe. Freeman said he thought the name was very fitting for the infant.
The Lord put His hands on this baby...... Please for the love of God,. do not give her back to her mother..... There are so many families who are falling over each other to give her a loving home!!!!! #Godschildren https://t.co/SexRFjZZRG— Missy Blackman (@MissyB197040) June 8, 2019
Investigators from the sheriff's major crimes unit canvassed the area on Friday in the hopes of finding any sort of evidence from the scene. Although the primary assumption is that the newborn was placed in the woods by the mother, Freeman revealed that they are also considering other possibilities.
"We want to make sure that we understand how this happened. We want to make sure that we deal with both the criminal investigation, as well as making sure that both the baby and the family that are related are taken care of from the standpoint that they need to be," he said.
The sheriff added that he would not speculate on any criminal charges involved until the investigation is complete. He further noted that the state of Georgia has a "safe haven" law for babies like India, which permitted individuals to drop off unwanted babies at medical facilities or with public safety agencies, without fearing prosecution for the same.
"Georgia (law) provides you've got 30 days to do that, not to leave a baby in the woods," said Freeman. While the search for India's parents continue, a representative from the Department of Family and Children Services is acting as her advocate.
Police are calling the baby girl "India" and are working hard to find her mother. https://t.co/r7ft0ir7Md— WTHR.com (@WTHRcom) June 7, 2019
The Forsyth County Sheriff's Office also took to Facebook to ask the public for help identifying the newborn girl. The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office is currently seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a newborn baby. On June 6, 2019 at approximately 10:08 PM, Deputies were called out to the 1900 block of Daves Creek Road in reference to what the caller described as a baby crying. Shortly after deputies arrived on scene they located a white, newborn, female baby that had been left in a wooded area. Sheriff’s Office investigators are asking the public’s assistance in locating the infant’s mother. If anyone knows a female who was in the late stages of pregnancy and may have given birth to this infant, please contact the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office at 770-781- 3087, reads the post.