CUMMING, Ga. — The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office in Georgia states that it has received phone calls and messages from over 40 states and 10 countries expressing interest in either donating toward or adopting a newborn baby who was found abandoned in a wooded area on the side of the road.
“We would like to say THANK YOU to all of the people who have called and sent messages inquiring about Baby India. We have been inundated with love from around the world and we are in absolute awe!” the Office wrote to social media on Friday.
It provided a map of the locations from where calls or messages have been received. See the map here. As of the posting, the only states that had not been represented were Montana, South Dakota, Colorado, New Mexico and Alaska.
International calls or messages have been received from countries such as Canada, the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, France, Germany and even Ethiopia and South Africa.
On June 6, dispatchers received a 911 call about a baby that had been abandoned by a wooded area along Daves Creek Road in Cumming, Georgia. Last week, the sheriff’s office released body cam footage of when deputies tore the shopping bag open and revealed the baby inside.
“We heard it from our house,” a nearby resident told Deputy Terry Roper. “My kids said, ‘That’s a baby,’ and I said, ‘That’s an animal.'”
As Roper broke the bag open to reveal a newborn girl with her umbilical cord still attached and stained with blood, he stated softly, “Look at you, sweetheart. I’m so sorry.”
“Look how precious you are,” Roper said after wrapping the infant in a blanket.
The baby, who has been named “India,” is “doing well,” according to the latest update from the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office. The video of the child went viral and officials have been inundated with calls and messages from those who want the baby or who want to contribute toward her care.
ABC News spoke with Roper last week, who told the outlet that India is a miracle. He outlined that the family nearby who heard her crying came had been on vacation and had just come home that night — or the outcome could have been different. Roper also noted that a thunderstorm held off until help arrived for the newborn.
“I wanted to give her comfort. I realized that this was the first time that she had ever felt love and I felt honored to be able to give her that,” he said of the experience.
Authorities are trying to find the parents of the child and are seeking tips from the public. They noted on social media that Georgia has a safe haven law that allows mothers to safely leave their baby at a police station, fire department, or hospital within 30 days of birth with no questions asked and no criminal penalties.
“It’s amazing the number of people who are looking to take on a new life into their families,” Forsyth County Sheriff Ron Freeman told reporters, “and we got somebody who tried to throw one away.”
EDITOR’S NOTE: Those wishing to inquire about donating toward or adopting baby India may call 877-210-KIDS or visit ItsMyTurnNow.dhs.ga.gov As previously reported, adoption of children in government custody is free, as opposed to private or overseas adoptions.