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‘Nothing Short Of Divine Intervention’: Watch The Moment Deputy Finds Baby Left For Dead In The Woods In A Plastic Bag

"This child was not left to be found," Forsyth County Sheriff Ron Freeman said of the rescue of the newborn, now named India.

By Jill Sederstrom
Bodycam Footage Shows Deputy Rescuing Abandoned Baby From A Plastic Bag

A cry in the woods led to the dramatic rescue of a baby who had been shoved into a plastic bag and left for dead.

The moment was captured on body cam footage recently released by the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office as investigators continue to search for information about how the newborn baby, now named India, ended up alone and abandoned in the Georgia woods.

"This child was not left to be found," Sheriff Ron Freeman told local station WAGA-TV.  "It's nothing short of divine intervention.”

In the footage, a man can be heard telling deputies that his children heard the young baby’s cries.

“We heard it from our house. My kids said ‘It’s a baby,’ I said ‘It’s an animal,’” the man said.

But his children eventually convinced him to go out and check the woods around 10 p.m. on June 6 and they discovered the plastic bag with the infant inside.

Baby India

The video footage then shows deputy Terry Roper tearing the remainder of the plastic bag open to reveal the newborn baby girl.

“Oh, look at you sweetheart,” he said. “Oh, I am so sorry. I am so sorry.”

Responders note that the baby is breathing and crying as they take her out of the bag and wrap her up in camo-colored fabric.

“Look how precious you are,” Roper tells the child.

(Warning: The video below may be disturbing)

***FCSO News: UPDATE ON BABY INDIA*** The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to aggressively investigate and to follow leads regarding Baby India. As of today, we are still receiving tips from across the country on the possible identity of Baby India. We are happy to report that Baby India is thriving and is in the care of the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services. We are releasing parts of the footage from the body camera worn by the first FCSO Deputy on scene the night Baby India was discovered, Thursday June 6th, 2019. We release this footage in hopes to receive credible information on the identity of Baby India and to show how important it is to find closure in this case. FCSO would also like to remind the public that the State of Georgia has a law called Safe Haven (HB 391). This law allows a child's mother to leave her baby, up to 30 days old, with an employee of any medical facility including any hospital, institutional infirmary, health center or birthing center in Georgia without prosecution. This includes Hospitals, Fire Stations and Police Stations. If you have any information regarding Baby India please call our TIP LINE at 770-888-7308. Your call can remain totally anonymous. #BabyIndia #FCSO NOTE: THE FOOTAGE HERE IS GRAPHIC AND VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED.

Posted by Forsyth County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Authorities said the child is now “thriving” and in the custody of Georgia Department of Family and Children’s Services.

Investigators are still searching for the baby’s mother and are asking anyone with information to come forward.

“We release this footage in hopes to receive credible information on the identity of Baby India and to show how important it is to find closure in this case,” a statement from the sheriff’s office said.

Once the baby’s mother is identified, investigators will determine whether charges will be filed in the case. Under a Georgia state Safe Haven law, mothers are able to leave babies up to 30 days old with employees of any hospital, institutional infirmary, health center, fire station or police station without prosecution.

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