The state of Georgia’s Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday released graphic police body camera footage of officers who discovered a newborn baby girl in a plastic bag dumped in the woods earlier June.
Forsyth County deputies said officers were called to the scene shortly after 10:00 p.m. local time on June 6th after it was reported that a baby was heard crying in the woods. Upon arrival at Daves Creek Road in Cumming, officers discovered the newborn in a light-brown plastic shopping bag. Police footage shows one officer ripping open, exposing a blood-stained baby girl with her umbilical cord still attached.
“Look how precious you are,” an officer is heard telling the newborn while one officer begins wrapping her securely in a baby cloth.
A first responder is then seen putting out his finger for the newborn to grab and she begins holding it.
The baby was then transported to a nearby hospital, where she was provided immediate medical attention.
“It is without doubt a divine intervention that this child was found,” Forsyth County Sheriff Ron Freeman said at a press conference the day after the shocking discovery.
The sheriff said the individual who notified police of the baby crying initially thought it was a wounded animal.
“They discussed whether it was a wild animal – you don’t anticipate hearing a crying baby in the woods,” he said. “Thank God they went out and investigated that, and immediately called 911.”
On Tuesday, Freeman revealed the newborn, nicknamed “India” is “thriving” and is being taken care of by the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services. Authorities have sought the public’s assistance in identifying “India” and her parents, though leads have yet lead to any answers.