Buried alive, baby boy survives 9-hour ordeal in Montana mountains

Clay Curtis
July 10, 2018

During the interview, Crowley is said to have told deputies that the baby he was caring for "may" have been buried.

The sheriff's office said authorities were called to the Lolo Hot Springs area of Montana's Lolo National Forest at about 8 p.m. Saturday night (11 p.m. ET) on a report of a man threatening people and acting unusual.

Meanwhile, someone called dispatch and said Crowley returned to the area and deputies apprehended him, according to the statement.

Francis Carlton Crowley [Police Handout]Police wrote that a "faint cry" led a deputy to the 5-month-old, who was lying face down under a heap of sticks and rubble.

A while later, Crowley turned up again at the hot springs, and police were able to take him into custody.

Thanks to a tip, officers found Crowley, who police say "under the influence of drugs", and not making sense.

A baby boy has been rescued from the Montana woods over the weekend after local authorities say he had been abandoned in a pile of debris by his caregiver, who has since been arrested.

The child was transported to a local hospital and is in good condition, according to the sheriff's office.

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Crowley was taken to the Missoula County Detention Facility and booked on a count of criminal endangerment, with additional charges still pending.

Alongside a search and rescue team and officers with the United States Forest Service, deputies with the Missoula County Sheriff's Office began searching on foot Saturday evening.

He found the baby face down under the pile of sticks and debris, dressed only in a wet and soiled onesie in the 8-degree Celsius weather. They think the baby was in the cold for about 9 hours.

The baby has minor scrapes and bruises, according to CNN affiliate KPAX-TV, but remains in good condition.

The child had been in the care of Francis Carlton Crowley, 32, on Saturday, according to the release. "For the officers who were present for this event, its especially hard knowing what this small baby endured in the last 24 hours".

"For all of us at the sheriff's office, this is what we call a miracle", the statement reads.

No information has been released about the child's family except that Bassett said Crowley is not the biological father.

Crowley is now being held at Missoula County Detention Center in lieu of $50,000 bond, and is expected to face further charges.

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