Alan Ragatz was about to head to bed one night in early June when his four daughters told him they heard a baby crying in the woods near their house in Cumming, Georgia. The family went outside to investigate.
“We found what looked like a bathmat that was all wrapped up,” Ragat tells local new station WXIA. When the family unfurled the mat, they found a newborn baby girl, inside a tied plastic bag. She was alive. Her umbilical cord was still attached.
As NBC News reports, Georgia police have now released body camera footage of first responders arriving at the scene and tending to the baby. The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office said it hoped the video would lead someone to come forward with information about the baby’s identity.
For now, authorities have nicknamed her “Baby India.” After she was discovered, she was given first aid by paramedics and then taken to a local hospital. Baby India has since been placed in a foster home and is doing “fantastically well,” Sheriff Ron Freeman said, according to NBC. Freeman also said that the department had been inundated with calls and emails asking to adopt India or contribute financially to her care.
The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office stressed on Tuesday that Georgia does have a Safe Haven law, which allows parents to surrender their infants, within 30 days of birth, to any fire station, police station, or hospital. They do not need to provide ID.
“It’s about understanding that you do have options, and there’s a law, and you do not have to put your baby in woods,” Sarah Keppen, executive director of the Hope Box, a nonprofit that works to address infant abandonment, tells WSB TV in Atlanta. “You don’t have to put them in a dumpster. There are options.”
Read the full story and see the video footage at NBC News.