'Miracle': Montana Authorities Find Abandoned Infant Alive Who Was Buried

Tuesday, 10 Jul, 2018

According to investigators, that's when Crowley told them the baby was "possibly buried" somewhere in the mountains.

As deputies were headed to the scene, additional calls came in saying the man was threatening people and saying he had a gun, the release said, and was reaching in his pockets. The deputies arrived to find that the alleged suspect, 32-year-old Francis Carlton Crowley, had left the area and that the child in his custody had not been seen for several hours.

"When deputies tried to interview him, he appeared to be under the influence of drugs and was not making sense to the officers", she said.

MISSOULA, Montana - A 5-month-old infant who miraculously 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 Monday. The baby is in good condition, but it's "especially hard knowing what this small baby endured", says the sheriff's post.

A search was launched that included members of the county search-and-rescue team, the U.S. Forest Service, the federal Bureau of Land Management, the Montana Highway Patrol and the Missoula County sheriff's office.

Police believe the baby had been left unattended in the woods for a minimum of nine hours. He found the 5-month-old alive but face down and buried under a pile of sticks.

"When we brought him out, we took him right to the hospital, he had some scratches and bruises but otherwise in good health", sheriff's office spokeswoman Bassett told ABC News.

The child had been in the care of his mother's boyfriend Francis Crowley, 32, officials said. They say they won't be confirming names to protect the baby's identity.

Crowley is being held at the county detention facility on charges of criminal endangerment with other charges to follow, the sheriff's statement on Facebook said.

'For all of us at the sheriffs [sic] office, this is what we call a miracle, ' the sheriff's office wrote in the press release.

Prior to the Saturday incident, the Missoula County Attorneys' Office says Crowley was already wanted in the state of OR for criminal mischief and felony burglary, and he had fled OR for Montana.

It was was 2:30 a.m. Sunday local time and 46 degrees outside when they found the infant, the sheriff's office statement said. Crowley was under post-prison supervision for several counts of burglary and one count of criminal mischief.