On June 6th officers from the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office received a report that there was a baby crying in a wooded area. Body cam footage, released on the Sheriff's Office Facebook page shows a local man telling officers he and his children heard the crying from their home. Although the man thought it was an animal, his children insisted it was a baby and upon investigation realized that there was a newborn tied up in a plastic grocery bag.
The officers quickly attended to the newborn baby girl, who was covered in blood and still had the umbilical cord attached. “Look at you sweetheart. I’m so sorry,” an officer can be heard saying as he pulls the newborn out of the bag she was in. The police, having no clue about who the baby's mother is, named the infant India.
***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
After posting the body cam footage of Baby India's rescue on their Facebook page, the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office says they have been inundated with tips and requests to adopt baby India.
According to The Today Show, more than 1000 people from as far as Ireland have reached out to give their well wishes and express their desire adopt the newborn, with authorities stating they've received more than 150 tips from concerned citizens, adding they can't keep up with the phone calls.
“It’s amazing the number of people who are looking to take on a new life into their families,” Forsyth County Sheriff Ron Freeman says, “and we got somebody who tried to throw one away. He added that India is a "tough little girl and doing well."
The Sheriff's Office also posted a reminder on their Facebook page that the state of Georgia has a safe haven law, allowing mother's who feel they can't safely care for their baby to drop them off at any designated safe haven location with no fear of repercussions.
The authorities state that Baby India is healthy and doing well and is currently living with a Foster family. They stated they released the body cam footage in hopes of finding "credible information on the identity of Baby India and to show how important it is to find closure in this case."
Anyone with information regarding baby India's mother or her birth or family is urged to call the sheriff’s office at 770-781-3087.