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Authorities “flooded” with support for newborn in south Forsyth
A newborn baby, named India by hospital staff, was found abandoned Thursday, June 6, 2019, along an isolated road in south Forsyth County. (Photo courtesy Forsyth County Sheriff's Office)

Authorities say they have been “flooded” with requests from residents who want to foster, adopt or help the newborn infant that was found abandoned in southeast Forsyth late last week.

In a post made to Facebook on Monday evening, the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office assured the community that the child – temporarily named “India” – is in good health at a local area hospital, but so far there have been no updates into the individual or individuals who abandoned the child.

“We are so very thankful for the outpouring of love and support, and would not expect anything less from our amazing community,” the post stated. “However, at this time there are no new updates to report regarding the status of our investigation into locating baby India’s birth mother.”

At a press conference held Friday, reporters were told that baby India was discovered in woods along Dave’s Creek Road at about 10 p.m. on Thursday. The child was reportedly found wrapped in a plastic grocery bag by local residents who heard the child’s cries and was rushed to a local hospital by first responders.

The Sheriff’s Office has launched a full investigation to discover how and why the child was abandoned and to locate its mother, who they believe could need assistance.

Now, while investigations into the incident continue, the Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in finding the infant’s parents.

According to the case’s lead investigator, Detective Tim Conner, they are looking for a female who may have been in the late stages of her pregnancy on Thursday and who may now inexplicably not have a child.

Anyone with information on this incident can reach the Sheriff's Office by calling (770) 781-3087. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call the Sheriff’s Office’s anonymous tip line at (770) 888-7308.

Until baby India’s parents are found and the circumstances of the abandonment are explained, authorities say that the she will remain in the custody of the Georgia Department of Family and Children's Services.

“Please know that currently Baby India is being very well taken care of by hospital staff,” the sheriff’s office post stated. “When she is well enough to leave the hospital the Division of Family and Children Services will be taking care to find a great foster for her.”