By Will Maule
Baby “India” was discovered wrapped in a plastic bag in a wooded area in the town of Cumming, about 35 miles north of Atlanta, with police releasing heart-pounding bodycam footage of the moments they discovered the defenseless little infant.
Releasing the footage on Tuesday, by Thursday the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office announced they had received some 1,000 from people keen to adopt the little one.
The baby, who is currently in the care of the county’s Division of Family and Children Services, was discovered with her umbilical cord still attached.
“It’s amazing the number of people who are looking to take on a new life into their families,” Forsyth County Sheriff Ron Freeman explained to TODAY, “and we got somebody who tried to throw one away.”
Rescue was an ‘Act of God’
The family who alerted the authorities to the location of the newborn said that they were led to the child through an “act of God,” according to WSB-TV.
lan Ragatz and his teenage daughters were alerted to the presence of the child after hearing strange noises coming from the wooded area adjacent to their property. When they went to investigate, they found the newborn placed among a pile of leaves and sticks.
“My kids said, ‘That’s a baby,’ and I said ‘That’s an animal,” Ragatz can be heard exclaiming to deputies in the footage.
Releasing the dramatic video in the hope that the baby’s parents can be identified, The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office is still appealing to anyone with information Baby India to call their Tip Line at 770-888-7308.
“She is a tough little girl and she is doing well,” Freeman added.