CUMMING, Ga. — The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office released portions of the video footage taken from a deputy’s body camera June 6 when an abandoned newborn baby girl was found lying in a wooded area inside of a plastic bag on the side of Daves Creek Road. The video shows rescuers pulling the baby out of the bag and wrapping her in a blanket. As of June 25 when the video was released on the department’s Facebook page, authorities are still trying to determine the identity and parentage of the child referred to as Baby India.
“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 Sheriff’s Office posted on its Facebook page. “We release this footage in hopes to receive credible information on the identity of Baby India and to show how important it is to find closure in this case.”
The department warns that the video is graphic. The footage also shows officers comforting the child and speaking to her in calming tones with one saying, “Look how precious you are,” and another apologizing, “I’m so sorry.”
The post then discusses Georgia’s Safe Haven law that allows a mother to leave her baby, up to 30 days old, with an employee of any medical facility including any hospital, infirmary, health center, or birthing center in the state without prosecution. This also includes fire and police stations.
Georgia DFACS officials have reported hundreds of offers for adoption, coming from as far away as Canada. Thousands of dollars have poured in to support the infant.
The Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Unit will continue the investigation and search the area. If you have any information regarding Baby India, call the FCSO’s tip line at 770-888-7308. The caller can remain anonymous. To view the full video, visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ForsythCountySO.