UPDATE, 7/1/19: According to the New York Times, more than 700 people have offered to adopt baby India since she was found on June 6. In addition, 200 families were already on the waiting list to adopt in the state. India is currently in a temporary home. Tom Rawlings, director of the state’s Division of Family’s and Children Services, said she is a “precious, beautiful” baby, who “likes being held,” is “smiling a lot,” and is “actually doing really well.”
6/25/19: Live Action News previously reported on a story about a newborn baby girl’s rescue from a plastic grocery bag on June 6, 2019, in rural Forsyth County, Georgia. Law enforcement has now released video from the rescuing officer’s body camera in the hope of learning the identity of the baby girl, whom officials refer to as “India.” The baby girl was found after neighbors heard her crying, and is said to be in good health. Fox5 Atlanta reported on the amazing video.
One resident who heard the child said he thought it was an animal, but his children believed it was a baby. Watch:
Forsyth County Sheriff Ron Freeman said after the mother is located, investigators will determine whether she will face criminal charges. He pointed out that under Georgia law, a mother who does not want a newborn can take the child to a designated area such as a police department or fire station and hand the baby over to law enforcement officers.
As previously noted by Live Action News, Sheriff Freeman called the rescue of the baby “divine intervention. Had it not been for those observant folks who are our citizens who called 911, we would be having a much different conversation today,” he said.
This kind of abandonment not only illegal; it is entirely unnecessary. More effort must be made to make panicked young women aware that every U.S. state has a Baby Safe Haven law, which allows parents to leave newborns anonymously with hospital staff or first responders, no questions asked, within a certain amount of days. In Georgia, where “India” was found, this website states that a child may be left with personnel at a hospital, medical facility, birthing center, or health center, within seven days of birth. Learn about your state’s safe haven laws here.
Law enforcement is seeking the public’s help with information regarding baby “India.” If you have information, please contact the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office’s tip line at 770-888-7308. Calls may be anonymous.
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