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Authorities release photo of abandoned baby in Forsyth County at press conference
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)

The Forsyth County Sheriff's Office released a photo of the newborn baby girl that was discovered abandoned Thursday night along an isolated stretch of road in south Forsyth.

Named India by hospital staff, Forsyth County Sheriff Ron Freeman, said local residents found the child around 10 p.m. wrapped in a plastic bag, in the wood line along Daves Creek Road. Freeman said that the residents heard a baby crying in the woods and chose to investigate, potentially "saving the child's life." 

Once deputies arrived on scene, the newborn was quickly taken to a local hospital and is in a stable condition, he said.  

The sheriff's office believes that the child was intentionally abandoned, Freeman said, and detectives are trying to identify and locate the child's mother, to check on her condition and find out why the child was abandoned.          

Freeman said that anyone with any information on this incident should call the sheriff's office's non-emergency line at 770-781-3087. 

This story will be updated.