A newborn baby girl was found abandoned in a plastic bag after being dumped in a wooded area in Georgia, US.
Police and paramedics responded to a call from a nearby resident who heard a crying noise at around 10pm on June 6.
Bodycam footage shows the moment officers open the plastic bag and reveal an infant girl whose umbilical cord was still attached.
The resident told police: “We heard it from our house. I’m with my kids, they said it’s a baby but I said it must be an animal.”
The officer can be seen cutting open the bag and comforting the baby, saying: “Oh I’m sorry, I’m sorry. Oh look at you sweetheart. Look how precious you are.”
A paramedic then removes the umbilical cord from the baby before sending her to a nearby hospital for a checkup.
Officers from the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office identified the baby as Caucasian, possibly Hispanic, and temporarily named her ‘India’.
Sheriff Freeman later said in a police conference: “It was obvious that the baby was a newborn, we believe [it’s] within hours from our discovery that the baby had been born.
“The baby was taken into a local area hospital and we’re surprised that the baby is in good condition.”
Baby India is reported to be in good health and in a stable condition and has been transferred to the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services for further care.
Police have released footage and made a public appeal for information on the baby’s mother.
The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office also shared a social media post reminding people that Georgia has a law known as Safe Have.
The post states: “This law allows a child’s mother to leave her baby, up to 30 days old, with an employee of any medical facility including any hospital, institutional infirmary, health centre or birthing centre in Georgia without prosecution.
“This includes Hospitals, Fire Stations and Police Stations.”