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Baby found buried alive in Missoula County mountains

Melinda Barton | 10 July, 2018, 11:12

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

When the deputies were en route to the scene, emergency dispatchers received more calls stating that the man was threatening people and saying he had a gun, authorities said.

PHOTO: A 5-month-old baby was rescued in Montana after being left partially buried on a mountain, the Missoula Count sheriff's office said.

A while later, Crowley turned up again at the hot springs, and police were able to take him into custody. "When trying to question Crowley, he appeared to be under the influence of drugs and was not making sense to officers", the sheriff's office wrote.

"After more than six hours of searching on foot, a deputy heard the faint cry of a baby", authorities said.

A babysitter buried a five month-old infant alive in pile of sticks and leaves on the side of mountain in 46F weather, police say.

The baby was taken to a hospital and is in good condition, the sheriff's office said in its press release, thanking those who helped bring the infant to safety.

Francis Carlton Crowley, 32, is charged with criminal endangerment. "He followed the sound and found the baby alive, face down", reads the post.

Because of the urgency of the situation, members of Missoula County Search and Rescue joined a ground search with officers from the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, Montana Highway Patrol and sheriff's deputies. The 5-month-old, wearing only a "wet and soiled onesie", had actually been in the woods for at least nine hours before being discovered about 2:30am Sunday. The baby boy is reportedly in good condition following Sunday's ordeal.

"This was a huge miracle and we are thankful to everyone that came out to search and the people who made the 911 calls", Brenda Bassett, a sheriff's department spokeswoman in Missoula County, Montana, told ABC News. Crowley was charged with criminal endangerment and jailed.

'For the officers who were present for this event, its especially hard knowing what this small baby endured in the last 24 hours'. Additional charges were expected. There was no information on whether Crowley had an attorney. It is not clear, as of this writing, if he has a lawyer.

The child had been in the care of his mother's boyfriend Francis Crowley, 32, officials said.