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Body cam video released of moment abandoned newborn was found in Forsyth County
Baby on dash cam
The Forsyth County Sheriff's Office released body cam video from the night a newborn infant was discovered abandoned in the woods in south Forsyth.

The Forsyth County Sheriff's Office released body cam video on Tuesday from the night that a newborn infant was found abandoned in the woods in south Forsyth.

The video shows the moment that deputies found the baby in a plastic bag near a wooded area along Daves Creek Road on Thursday, June 6.

In the newly released video, first responders can be seen comforting and checking the infant's vitals, eventually swaddling her in a blanket. 

Deputies responded to reports from local residents who heard the baby crying after returning home from a vacation. 

Once deputies arrived on scene, the newborn was quickly taken to a local hospital where she was found to be in a stable condition, according to Forsyth County Sheriff Ron Freeman at a press conference Friday, June 7.

The sheriff's office believes the child was intentionally abandoned, Freeman said, and detectives are still trying to identify and locate the child's mother, to check on her condition and find out why the child was abandoned.  

According to sheriff's office spokesman Cpl. Doug Rainwater, they decided to release the footage in the hopes that someone will see the baby and come forward. He said they are following up on each tip that comes in to them, but so far none have panned out. 

Anyone with any information on the incident should call the sheriff's office's non-emergency line at 770-781-3087.

Until baby India’s parents are found and the circumstances of the abandonment are explained, authorities said she will remain in the custody of the Division of Family and Children's Services.

Rainwater said baby India is doing "wonderful" and is "thriving," and each day the sheriff's office receives multiple requests from people wanting to adopt her.

"Every day, from not just this community, but all over the country," he said.

Alexander Popp contributed to this report. 

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