At least 1,000 people want to adopt “Baby India”, a newborn found abandoned in the woods in Forsyth, Georgia. The Today Show reports that county authorities have been flooded with inquiries from those eager to adopt the baby girl, who is currently in the care of Family and Children Services.
The newborn was found late in the evening on June 6, after a resident reported hearing cries from the woods near his home. Authorities who responded to the call discovered a baby girl tied in a plastic bag, covered in blood, with her umbilical cord still attached. It’s estimated that she was born just an hour or two before she was discovered. Deputy Terry Roper, who led the incredible rescue, told Today that he had never experienced anything like this before. As a father himself, he quickly snapped into action and made sure the baby girl was taken care of.
The county released heartbreaking video footage of the newborn’s discovery in the hopes that residents could provide any further information about the case. Since then, authorities have received upwards of 1,000 people wanting to adopt Baby India. The local community in Georgia has showed an outpouring of support for the newborn and the team who rescued her, but calls about the newborn have come from as far as Ireland.
“It’s amazing the number of people who are looking to take on a new life into their families,” Forsyth County Sheriff Ron Freeman tells Today, “and we got somebody who tried to throw one away.” Authorities are happy to report that Baby India is healthy and doing well in the care of a foster home, but they continue to look for more information on her case. Anyone with information regarding her mother, her birth or family is urged to call the sheriff’s office at 770-781-3087.