A Georgia sheriff’s office released a heart-wrenching video Tuesday showing the rescue of a newborn baby girl who was abandoned in a plastic bag along the side of the road.
Baby India is doing well after her June 6 rescue in Forsyth County, Georgia, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The county sheriff’s office said they released the video with the hope that someone will come forward with details about her.
The video is body camera footage from one of the local sheriff deputies during the rescue:
— AJC (@ajc) June 25, 2019
Authorities found the newborn girl around 10 p.m. June 6 along Daves Creek Road after a local family heard her cries, the report states. The video shows that the baby girl was tied in a plastic bag, and her umbilical cord was still attached. Authorities said she likely was just a few hours old.
Local resident Alan Ragetz said his family heard the baby’s cries from their house and initially thought it was a wild animal, but he and his daughters decided to investigate. After finding the infant, they called 911.
“We went down, pulled it up, there was a poor little baby wrapped in a plastic bag,” he said. “She was alive, she was crying, so we figured that was a good sign.”
World News Tonight reports Sheriff Ron Freeman held a news conference this week, seeking answers about the baby girl’s origins. Freeman said the Baby India is “thriving” in state care.
“We want to understand and find out how this baby was abandoned,” Freeman said. “Thirty-two years, this is the first one I’ve had of an abandoned child in this manner.”
Anyone with information should call the sheriff’s tip line at 770-888-7308.
“Georgia Safe Haven Law allows a mother up to 30 days after the birth of an infant to drop that infant off at a hospital, a fire station, a police station, a sheriff’s station,” Freeman said. “And as long as they turn it over to a person, a live human being, they cannot be charged with abandonment, cruelty to children. It is a way to make sure that a child like this is safely cared for.”
All 50 states have safe haven laws to protect babies from abandonment and infanticide. Safe haven laws allow mothers in crisis to leave their newborns in a safe environment, such as a hospital or fire station, without questions or repercussions, as long as there are no signs of abuse.
If you or someone you know would like more information about relinquishing a newborn child, please call 1-866-99BABY1 or 1-888-510-BABY. More information also is available at NationalSafeHavenAlliance.org or SafeHavenLaw.com.