Mother sought after baby girl found alive in plastic bag near Georgia woods

Posted at 10:55 AM, Jun 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-08 11:16:16-04

FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Georgia authorities are searching for the mother of a newborn found wrapped in a plastic bag and abandoned in a wooded area in Cumming.

Deputies found the child after a resident called 911 around 9 p.m. after hearing a baby crying, Forsyth County Sheriff Ron Freeman said Friday. The child was found along an isolated stretch in the southern part of the county where there’s only one house. The occupants had just returned home from a vacation and were unpacking when they heard what they thought was an animal and went to investigate, Freeman said.

“When they arrived they found a near-full term infant female who was in a plastic bag in a wood line off the roadway,” Freeman said. The baby appeared to have been born hours before she was found.

Deputies performed first aid until fire and EMS arrived to bring the baby to a nearby hospital.

“Surprisingly, the baby was in good condition,” Freeman said. “The last report I had, the baby is stable.”

“It is without doubt a divine intervention that this child was found,” Freeman said. “Had it not been for those observant folks who are our citizens who called 911, we would be having a much different conversation today.”

Now, authorities are trying to find the parents of the little girl, who hospital workers have temporarily named India.

If she was left there, the person involved could be charged with offenses such as abandonment and cruelty to children in the first degree.

Authorities are not going to speculate on criminal charges until they know what happened, Freeman said. Their priority is making sure India and the woman who gave birth to her are both safe and in good condition, he said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s office at (770) 781-3087.

CNN contributed to this report.