Five-month-old Baby Found Alive Under Debris in Montana
MISSOULA, MONTANA – 10 July, 2018
A 5-month-old infant survived more than nine hours being buried under a pile of sticks and debris in the woods of western Montana suffered only minor injuries despite wearing wet and soiled clothes in cold weather, authorities said.
Missoula County Sheriff’s deputies got a call at about 8 p.m. Saturday for male suspect who was acting strange in the Lolo Hot Springs area of the Lolo National Forest. They got additional calls indicating the suspect was threatening people saying he had a gun and was reaching in his pockets.
Deputies apprehended Francis Carlton Crowley, a 32-year-old. Crowley appeared to be under influence of drugs and was difficult to understand. After some efforts officers found out that the baby was possibly buried somewhere in the mountains. Very soon an urgent ground search was organized. Members of Missoula County Search and Rescue were paged out to assist officers from the United States Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Montana Highway Patrol, and Missoula County deputies.
After more than 6 hours of searching on foot, a deputy heard the faint cry of a baby. He followed the sound and found the baby alive, face down, buried under a pile of sticks and debris clothed in only a wet and soiled onesie in the 46-degree (8-degree Celsius) weather. The baby was transported to a local hospital and is in good condition now.
32-year-old Francis Carlton Crowley is being held on $50,000 bail on charges of criminal endangerment and additional charges will follow.
“For all of us at the sheriff’s office, this is what we call a miracle,” Sheriff McDermott said. “For the officers who were present for this event, it’s especially hard knowing what this small baby endured in the last 24 hours. I would like to thank those who assisted in the search and those who called 911, helping first responders bring this baby to safety”
“He suffered some minor scrapes and bruising but overall is in good health,” sheriff’s spokeswoman Brenda Bassett said in a statement Monday.