A newborn baby who was found abandoned in the woods near a Forsyth County road Thursday night is doing well thanks to several locals, deputies and “divine intervention,” Forsyth County Sheriff Ron Freeman said.
Deputies are actively searching for the baby’s mother, the sheriff said. The infant girl, who officials temporarily named India, was found shortly after 10 p.m. by deputies who responded to a 911 call about a baby crying near Daves Creek Road, which is located in the southeastern part of the county.
“It was, without doubt, divine intervention that this child was found,” Freeman said. “Surprisingly, the baby was in good condition.”
According to Freeman, deputies found the girl in a plastic bag in the woods. After performing first aid on her, they rushed her to a local hospital, where she’s now doing well.
“Had it not been for those observant citizens who called 911, we would be having a most difficult conversation today,” Freeman said.
Deputies are now trying to determine who left the baby in the woods, and who her mother is. Charges could come if the mother is found, investigators said.
While Georgia does have a “safe haven” law — officially termed the Safe Place for Newborns Act — whereby a mother can leave a newborn 30 days old or less at a police station, fire station or medical facility, the baby must be physically given to an official at the proper drop-off location.
The mother of a child abandoned elsewhere, or older than 30 days, can face child cruelty and other possible charges.
Deputies are asking anyone who knows of a woman who was “in the late stages of pregnancy and may have given birth” to a baby to contact the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office at 770-781- 3087.
FOX 5 Atlanta contributed to this report.