Every life is precious, and many believe that we are all here for a purpose. For an unwanted baby, there is no need to abandon them somewhere as sinister as the cold, dark woods, where it would have little chance of survival. There is plenty of help and support out there for mothers who are considering taking such steps.
On June 6, the state of Georgia’s Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office released graphic footage of a newborn being discovered after reports of baby cries were heard from Daves Creek Road in Cumming, reported Brietbart.
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After police arrived at the scene, a newborn baby girl was found—lying in a light-brown plastic shopping bag. In the footage, one police officer can be seen urgently ripping open the bag to then lift the infant out. She was still smeared with blood, and the umbilical cord was still attached.
“Look how precious you are,” one officer croons softly to the little girl, as another wraps her in a baby wrap. As another responder holds out a finger towards the baby, she can be seen to grab onto it—almost like you would if thrown a lifeline as you were drowning.
The baby girl was then taken to a local hospital for medical care and attention.
“It is, without doubt, a divine intervention that this child was found,” Forsyth County Sheriff Ron Freeman said at a press conference on the following day, according to 11 Alive.
In the video released Tuesday, a deputy ripped open a plastic bag to reveal the infant still covered in fluids and an umbilical cord attached.
The person who contacted police after hearing what sounded like a baby in distress thought it was a wild animal, as no one would anticipate finding a discarded baby. “They discussed whether it was a wild animal—you don’t anticipate hearing a crying baby in the woods,” he said.
Thank God they went out and investigated the area and immediately called 911.
Sheriff Freeman said that the baby, nicknamed “India,” is doing very well and is under the care of the Georgia Department of Family and Children’s Services. Police hope members of the public can assist in identifying the child’s parents.
A statement on the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office Facebook says: “FCSO would also like to remind the public that the State of Georgia has a law called Safe Haven (HB 391). 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 center or birthing center in Georgia without prosecution. This includes Hospitals, Fire Stations and Police Stations.”
It is also heartening to see that people across the globe are reaching out to help this abandoned baby, as hundreds of people have offered to give her a “forever home.” According to The Today Show, the baby is thriving in foster care and has no shortage of offers to provide the love and care she so desperately needs. Requests from as far as Ireland have also poured in.
“I even had somebody message me on LinkedIn,” Tom C. Rawlings, the director of Georgia’s Division of Family and Children Services, told The New York Times. “This is an amazing outpouring of love. She’s a precious, beautiful, little child.”
“It’s amazing the number of people who are looking to take on a new life into their families,” Freeman said. “And we got somebody who tried to throw one away.”
Alluding to baby India’s condition, Rawlings said, “She likes being held.” He further added: “She’s smiling a lot. She’s actually doing really well. She’s a very healthy weight.”
Officials say baby India is thriving. Police are also following leads in hopes of finding her mother.
Other Countries’ Approach
Some countries approach the problem of abandoned babies differently. In South Korea, where babies are abandoned by the hundreds every year, Pastor Lee Jong-rak and his wife came up with the idea of the baby box. Parents are able to anonymously leave their unwanted babies in a small cubicle with the knowledge they will be well cared for.
We saw so many babies abandoned on the streets. “That’s why we made the baby box,” said the pastor in the award-winning documentary The Drop Box. ”I didn’t really expect any babies would come in,” he shared. But soon, the first baby appeared in the box in 2010, followed by hundreds more ever since.
By Jan. 2, 2019, 1,515 babies were placed in the baby box, reported The Chosunilbo.
“One of the mothers told me that she had poison to kill both herself and her baby. So I told her, ‘Don’t do that. Come here with your baby,'” he added.
Pastor Lee Jong-rak believes in the value of human life. “They’re not the unnecessary ones in the world. God sent them here for a purpose,” he said. “Every life is precious.”
“People claim that I’m providing an atmosphere for parents with unwanted babies to easily discard them, they really don’t know what they’re talking about,” he added.
Speaking to Korea Times, he said: “It was to save just one more life.”
The orphanage is called Jusarang, which means “God’s love.”
Babies are often abandoned at train stations, rubbish dumps, and doorsteps all over the planet as though even the dignity of having someone care enough about them is beyond many hearts. Are some hearts truly turning to stone?
If you or someone you know needs support and/or help with their newborn, please speak with organizations such as the Save Abandoned Babies Foundation. If you see an abandoned baby, please provide immediate physical support and call emergency services.