'Miracle' baby found safe in Montana forest after being buried alive

Deputy Finds Baby in Woods After 6-Hour Search in Missoula, Montana

Deputy Finds Baby in Woods After 6-Hour Search in Missoula, Montana

"This was a huge miracle and we are thankful to everyone that came out to search and the people who made the 911 calls", Brenda Bassett, a sheriff's department spokeswoman in Missoula County, Montana, told ABC News. The sheriff's office says that on Saturday evening, Crowley was behaving strangely and threatening people, and told officers that the infant in his care was buried in the mountains.

Sheriff's deputies found the infant after a six-hour search buried beneath a pile of debris in the Lolo National Forest in western Montana.

"He followed the sound and found the baby alive, face down, buried under a pile of sticks and debris".

During Crowley's allegedly inebriated testimony, he revealed to authorities that the 5-month old baby may be buried.

The case started about 8 p.m. Saturday when sheriff's deputies responded to a report about a man acting odd and threatening people in the Lolo Hot Springs area, which is about 50 miles southwest of Missoula.

The unidentified infant was "clothed in only a wet and soiled onesie ... in the woods, unattended and in the cold (approximately 46 degrees) for a minimum of 9 hours", according to the statement. Police finally tracked down Crowley thanks to another caller's tip, and though officers say he appeared to be on drugs and was almost incoherent, he managed to convey that the baby was "somewhere in the mountains", per the Washington Post. The baby was placed in the custody of Montana Child and Family Services.

As of 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, the baby was in good condition at the hospital.

The baby was transported to a local hospital and was said to be in a good condition. 'For the officers who were present for this event, its [sic] especially hard knowing what this small baby endured in the last 24 hours.

Police say 32-year-old Francis Crowley is being held on US$50,000 (NZ$73,090) bail.

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

The 32-year-old is from Portland, Oregon, and was previously arrested in June in Missoula on a fugitive warrant from Oregon, the Missoulian reported.

There remain unanswered questions about this case, such as who left the baby in Crowley's care and if they have given any statement to the police.

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

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