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Missing baby found buried alive under the sticks in the mountains of Montana

A 5-month-old baby boy was found alive after being abandoned and surviving a 9-hour ordeal in the Montana mountains.

(Missoula County Sheriff’s Office)

A missing 5-month-old baby boy — buried under sticks and debris for nine hours in the Montana mountains — was saved life after leaving Saturday night in a humid and dirty onesie.

“After more than six hours of searching on foot, a deputy heard the weak cry of a baby,” Missoula County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Brenda Bassett said Sunday in a statement published on Facebook.

The baby is in good condition after being found face down around 2:30 pm, Sunday in the Lolo Hot Springs area, Bassett said. The temperature at that time was 46 degrees, ” she said.

The child was in the care of his mother’s friend Francis Crowley, 32, the officials said. Crowley was charged with criminal threat and imprisoned.

Francis Crowley, 32, is charged with abandoning a 5-month-old baby in Montana.

(Missoula County Sheriff’s Office)

Deputies responded to the scene at 8 a.m. Saturday after callers said Crowley was acting strangely and threatening people with a gun, according to Bassett. When they arrived there, they heard the baby was gone for a few hours, and Crowley was gone.

But a short time later Crowley appeared and was taken into custody, the spokeswoman said.

“When the deputies tried to interview him, he appeared to be under the influence of drugs and there was no sense to the agents,” she said.

Eventually, Crowley told the delegates of the baby was probably somewhere in the mountains, Bassett said. The name of the boy was not released.

Delegates called on members of the Missoula County Search and Rescue to help in the search.

“For all of us at the sheriff’s office, this is what we call a miracle,” Bassett said.

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