Authorities in Georgia searching for the mother of a newborn baby found alive in a plastic bag in the woods earlier this month have released body camera video showing the moment they rescued the wailing infant who still had her umbilical chord attached.
The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office said on Facebook that a caller reported hearing a baby crying in the woods at 10.08pm on June 6.
When deputies arrived at Daves Creek Road in Cumming, Georgia, they found the baby who had been left alone in a wooded area.
The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office in Georgia on Tuesday released bodycam video showing the June 6 rescue of a newborn baby girl dubbed ‘India’
The video shows a deputy ripping open a plastic bag left in the woods to reveal a crying baby inside (pictured)
The girl appears covered in blood from the birth and has her umbilical chord still attached to her navel
Body camera video that was uploaded on Tuesday onto the sheriff’s office’s Facebook page begins with the resident who had summoned the deputies crouching next to the newborn.
The man explains that his children had alerted him to what sounded like the cries of a baby, but he initially thought it was an animal making noises.
A deputy then reaches for the light-brown plastic shopping bag containing the baby and rips it open, exposing the infant inside.
The baby girl is seen stained with blood from the birth and still has her umbilical chord attached to her navel.
‘Look how precious you are,’ one of the responding officers says, while another proceeds to wrap the baby in cloth.
A first responder offers the baby his finger to grasp with her hands, which she does.
The edited footage ends with the deputies wrapping the baby in a blanket to protect her from the elements.
The newborn was taken to a local hospital, where she became known as ‘India,’ 11 Alive reported.
Nearly three weeks later, authorities are still trying to find the baby’s mother and uncover the infant’s true identity
The baby is said to be ‘thriving’ in the care of the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services
The sheriff’s office said in a Facebook post on Tuesday that Baby India is ‘thriving’ and is currently in the care of the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services.
Law enforcement officials continue to follow leads in an effort to uncover the true identity of Baby India.
Baby India is pictured in the hospital after being rescued from the woods
At an earlier press conference, Forsyth County Sheriff Ron Freeman called it ‘a divine intervention that this child was found,’ considering the area where the baby was found is sparsely populated and the family that called 911 had only just returned home from a vacation when they heard the baby’s cries.
‘Thank God they went out and investigated that, and immediately called 911,’ Freeman said.
The sheriff’s office is reminding the public that Georgia has a law called Safe Haven, which allows a mother to leave her baby, up to 30 days old, with an employee of any medical facility including any hospital, fire or police station without fear of prosecution.
Anyone who knows a woman who was in the late stages of pregnancy that might’ve given birth to the baby is asked to call the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office at 770-781- 3087.
A family that had just returned home from vacation heard crying sounds and when they investigated, found the baby in the woods near this intersection and called police