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Baby abandoned near Lolo Hot Springs recovering

Missing infant found alive buried under sticks in Montana mountains Deputy Finds Baby in Woods After 6-Hour Search in Missoula, Montana
Deanna Wagner | 10 July, 2018, 11:07

The Missoula County Sheriff's Office says one man is now facing criminal charges after a baby was rescued from being buried alive in the mountains.

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 odd.

As law enforcement was still en route to the hot springs, more people at the hot springs called dispatchers, telling them that the man was threatening people, saying he had a gun and reaching into his pockets.

Eventually, Crowley returned to the hot springs and was apprehended.

The reference is to a deputy who heard a faint cry in the woods and discovered a baby buried under sticks and debris, a happy end to a frantic six-hour search at night with temperatures in the 40s.

The infant was in good condition at a hospital after being left alone for "several hours", the Missoula County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

"For all of us at the sheriffs office, this is what we call a miracle", the release said.

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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.

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.

Missoula County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Brenda Bassett told MTN News that the boy has minor scrapes and bruises after spending nine hours in the wilderness.

(JULY 8, 2018) A man was arrested Saturday after a baby who was left in his care disappeared for several hours near Lolo Hot Springs. The sheriff's office said in a statement additional charges would follow. "For the officers who were present for this event, [it's] especially hard knowing what this small baby endured in the last 24 hours".

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.

Crowley has been charged with felony criminal endangerment and is being held on $50,000 bond, jail records show.

Bassett said in a press release that they "will not be providing names or confirming any identities in an effort to protect this baby's identity".