By Dave Andrusko
It was a miracle twice over.
First, thanks to alert bystanders, a full-term baby girl was discovered alive last week in a plastic grocery bag in a wooded area roughly 40 miles northeast of Atlanta.
Second, “Surprisingly, the baby was in good condition,” Forsyth County Sheriff Ron Freeman told reporters on Friday.
According to Nicole Darrah of Fox News, Sheriff Freeman said the baby, whom the hospital has temporarily named “India,” was heard crying last Thursday night around 10 P.M.
“It is without doubt a divine intervention this child was found,” Freeman told reporters. “Had it not been for those observant folks who are our citizens who called 911, we would be having a much different conversation today.”
Alerted by residents to a baby crying, first responders rushed to the scene where they administered first aid and took “India” to a local hospital where she is doing well.
“It was obvious that the baby was a newborn,” Freeman said. “We believe within hours of our discovery that the baby had been born.”
Authorities are looking for the mother of India, who is currently in the custody of the Georgia Division of Family and Children’s Services, Isabel Hughes reported. Freeman stressed that Georgia has a Safe Haven law.
“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. “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.”