Police are asking for the public’s help after a newborn baby was found alive but alone in the woods.
According to 11 Alive, the infant was found inside a plastic bag after a person who lived nearby heard the baby crying. As Forsyth County Sheriff Ron Freeman told 11 Alive, had the person not reported what they heard the night of June 6, it’s unclear when the baby would have been found.
Freeman said the person who heard the newborn’s cries is one of the few people who live on that road. The good Samaritan had just returned home from vacation.
Freeman said at a press conference:
“It is, without doubt, a divine intervention that this child was found. […]
They discussed whether it was a wild animal — you don’t anticipate hearing a crying baby in the woods. Thank God they went out and investigated that, and immediately called 911.”
As 11 Alive reports, upon arriving at the scene where the baby was heard crying, first responders administered first aid before she was taken to a nearby hospital. Staff at the hospital has labeled her to be in “good condition.”
They unofficially named the child India. Freeman said India was born “near full term.”
India remains in the hospital, where the Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS) is currently looking after the little girl.
A resident of Forsyth County called the news of the baby girl being put in a bag and abandoned in the woods “disturbing.” However, he hopes India’s story has a happy ending:
“A very good ending will come out of it, and hopefully, the baby will be with a good parent — way better than the parent that dropped her off.”
The search for the child’s mother is still ongoing and the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone who “knows a woman that was in the late stages of pregnancy and may have given birth to this newborn” to please contact them at 770-781- 3087.
Freeman told reporters that where India was found was somewhat of an isolated area, and as of right now, no surveillance cameras of any kind have been found near where India was placed.
11 Alive has described India’s race as white and believe she was only one day old when she was found.