Montana Baby Boy Abandoned In Cold Woods Found Alive After Nine Hours

10 July, 2018, 17:20 | Author: Wade Massey
  • Francis Carlton Crowley

"Sheriff McDermott would like to thank those who assisted in the search and those who called 911, helping first responders bring this baby to safety", said the report from the Missoula County Sheriff's Office.

That night, deputies received calls reporting a man who was acting strangely in the Lolo Hot Springs area. The man, later identified as 32-year-old Francis Carlton Crowley, was allegedly threatening people, putting his hands into his pockets, and telling people he had a gun.

Eventually, Crowley returned to the hot springs and was apprehended.

But he made comments indicating the baby was possibly buried somewhere in the mountains.

Almost six-and-a-half hours later, an officer heard "the faint cry of a baby", and found the child face down on the ground, buried under a pile of forest debris.

A five-month-old baby has miraculously survived after being buried under a pile of sticks and debris in a forest for more than nine hours.

The baby suffered "minor scrapes and bruising but overall is in good health", and is in the care of Child and Family Services, according to the sheriff's office.

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Authorities have arrested Crowley on a charge of criminal endangerment and expect to file additional charges, the sheriff's office said.

Deputy Missoula County Attorney Jason Marks said Crowley was released when OR officials decided not to extradite him.

Authorities have not yet released information about the relationship between Crowley and the baby, nor released any information about the mother of the baby.

Clothed in only a wet and soiled onesie, the baby was found at approximately 2:30 a.m., putting the infant in the woods unattended and in the cold (approximately 46 degrees) for at least nine hours.

"He followed the sound and found the baby alive, face down, buried under a pile of sticks and debris", the department said in a statement. "For the officers who were present for this event, its especially hard knowing what this small baby endured in the last 24 hours".

The child was transported to a local hospital and is in good condition, according to the sheriff's office.

'For all of us at the sheriffs [sic] office, this is what we call a miracle, ' the sheriff's office wrote in the press release.

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