Body Cam: Dramatic Moment Police Found Abandoned 'Baby India' In Plastic Grocery Bag
In the video, the officer can be heard talking to the newborn and trying to comfort her.
FORSYTH COUNTY, GA — Georgia police have released dramatic video of the moment when a newborn baby who was found abandoned inside a plastic grocery bag was rescued in the hope that someone can help identify the infant.
The baby was found at around 10 P.M. on June 6 in a wooded area in Forsyth County, according to Today.
A family who lived nearby found the bag after going outside to investigate strange noises — and they called police.
The Forsyth County Sheriff's Office released body-cam footage of the first officer on the scene who opened the plastic bag and uncovered the infant. In the video, the officer can be heard talking to the newborn and trying to comfort her.
First responders took the baby to the hospital, where she was given the unofficial name "Baby India." Her umbilical cord was still attached, and investigators said that she appeared to be only a few hours old.
"We don't know who abandoned this child, and we don't know why this child was abandoned," Sheriff Ron Freeman told Today. "But maybe there's a mother out there somewhere, after seeing this video who needs to come forward."
The FCSO posted an update on their Facebook page and stated that they are "continuing to aggressively investigate and to follow leads regarding Baby India" and have received tips from around the country.
"We are happy to report that Baby India is thriving and is in the care of the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services," the statement read. "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."
The FCSO has asked anyone with information regarding Baby India to call the tip line at (770) 888-7308 — and stresses that those who call have the option to remain anonymous.