Thousands offer to adopt baby found in plastic bag after her rescue was captured on video
On June 6, a father and his three daughters returned from vacation back to their home in Cumming, Georgia. As they were unpacking their luggage from the car, they heard distant cries, and decided to investigate.
"Had they not done that, this would have been a different conversation," Forsyth County Sheriff Ron Freeman told CNN.
It was Deputy Terry Roper that was called in on the scene, finding a newborn baby in the wooded area, wrapped in a plastic bag. Nothing is known of the mother of 'Baby India', but police are still searching to find out what exactly happened.
"Once I got there and was able to see she had no obvious injuries, I was able to pick her up and take care of her. Your fatherly instinct kicks in," Roper said.
"You just want to show love to a child that had never known it before - the only thing she knew was being in a bag.
"I came back later that night and saw her when she was still in the NICU and the next night she was transferred to a regular nursery area and the staff at the hospital was kind enough to let me in and hold her again."
The Sheriff's Office later released portions of the bodycam video taken that fateful night, showing the rescue of the child.
The aim is to get the public to share any information they may have, but The Today Show reports that thousands have reached out to offer their own home to the child.
Here's the rescue footage:
"It’s amazing the number of people who are looking to take on a new life into their families, and we got somebody who tried to throw one away,” Freeman said. "She's safe and so now we're focused on the criminal investigation."
According to Freeman, she's doing remarkably well in the care of Georgia's Department of Family and Children Services, but they are still hoping to find out more information about the incident. The mother is likely to be living in the Atlanta metro region, according Freeman, who said:
"Out there somebody knows a woman who was pregnant, near full-term or full-term, and now she's not, but there's not a baby in the picture - that's a little suspicious.
"We need the public's help. We've got a lot of forensic evidence that we've recovered. We need somebody to call us with that tip that will lead us down the right path."
Anyone who wishes to get in touch with information have been instructed to contact the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office through social media, their website, or by calling their 24-hour helpline 770-781-3087.
"I was the first person to be able to show her that compassion, and it's quite an honor to be that person, to show her the first bit of love, Roper said of the moment he found India. "It's something I'll never forget."