A 5-month-old baby was rescued early Sunday morning after surviving more than nine hours buried alive in the cold wilderness of Montana, police said.
(Missoula County Sheriff’s Office)
A 5-month-old baby was miraculously rescued early Sunday morning after surviving more than nine hours buried under a pile of sticks and debris in the cold wilderness of Montana, police said.
Missoula County Sheriff’s deputies on Saturday responded to reports of a man threatening people in the Lolo Hot Springs area of the Lolo National Forest. They arrested 32-year-old Francis Carlton Crowley.
Crowley, which the authorities said appeared to be under the influence of drugs, indicated to the police that a baby was buried somewhere in the mountains – ask for quick action to seek assistance from the federal, state and local officials to search the forest.
Authorities scoured the area for more than six hours before a deputy heard a baby crying.
“He followed the sound and found the baby alive, face down, buried under a pile of sticks and debris,” the ministry said in a statement.
The baby was found at around 2:30 is wearing a wet and dirty onesie in about 46 degree weather. The baby was rushed to a nearby hospital, authorities said.
Other than a few minor abrasions and bruises,” the child “in good health”, a sheriff’s spokeswoman said in a statement Monday.
The state Division of Child and Family Services is now home to the care of the baby.
“For all of us at the sheriff’s office, this is what we call a miracle,” the statement said. “For the officials who were present for this event, it is especially difficult to know what this little baby endured in the last 24 hours.”
Missoula County Sheriff’s Office
(Crowley was arrested and charged with criminal threat, with additional charges expected to follow, authorities said.)
Crowley was held on 50,000 bail on a charge of criminal threat. Additional costs will follow, the sheriff’s office said in a statement Sunday.
The 32-year-old from Portland, Oregon, and was previously arrested in June in Missoula on a fugitive warrant from Oregon, the Missoulian reported. He was then released after Oregon officials decided not to extradite him, Deputy Missoula County Attorney Jason Marks said.
The relationship status between Crowley and the baby was not immediately clear.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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