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'Miracle' 5-month-old baby survives 9 hours buried in the woods

'Miracle' 5-month-old baby survives 9 hours buried in the woods

'Miracle' 5 month-old baby survives 9 hours buried in the woods
A missing five-month-old baby has miraculously survived more than nine hours being buried under a pile of sticks and debris in the woods of western Montana. 

The baby boy is otherwise in good health suffering only minor injuries despite wearing wet and soiled clothes in cold weather, authorities said on Monday.
 
Missoula county sheriff’s deputies were called about 8pm Saturday following reports that a man was acting strangely and threatening people in the Lolo Hot Springs area of the Lolo national forest. 

Police arrived to find that the baby that had been spotted with the man was missing.

"The man indicated that the baby was in the woods." Abc news reported.

The sheriff’s office swiftly put together a search crew of federal, state and local officials that combed the forest outside the hot springs for six hours before a deputy heard a baby’s cry at about 2.30am on Sunday. 

Missoula County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Brenda Bassett said Sunday in a statement posted on Facebook.
 
 "The infant was in good condition after being found face down under a pile of debris, in the Lolo Hot Springs area", Bassett said. The temperature at the time was 46 degrees, she said.

The child had been in the care of his mother's boyfriend Francis Crowley, 32, officials said. Crowley was charged with criminal endangerment and jailed.

The baby was taken to a hospital. Custody of the child has been referred to the state Division of Child and Family Services.

The man arrested, Francis Crowley aged 32, is being held on $50,000 bail on a charge of criminal endangerment. Additional charges will follow, the sheriff’s office said.

“For all of us at the sheriff’s office, this is what we call a miracle,” the statement 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.”