Michigan authorities say a missing four-month-old baby boy was found lying facedown in a wooded area.
The search for the boy began after police received calls of a “distraught” woman ringing doorbells and banging on doors in Orion Township, Michigan on Wednesday. The woman said she was being chased by someone with guns. When police arrived, they determined that she was experiencing a mental health crisis.
Police also determined that the woman, who’s 37, had a son that was nowhere to be found. They noticed that she had burrs on her pants, indicating that she had recently been in the woods.
The search involved 13 patrol cars, a K-9 unit, and a drone and aviation team. The baby was located within 30 minutes. He was lying facedown and hypothermic, but alive. He was transported to hospital where he stayed for overnight observation until he was released into the care of child protective services.
“Thankfully, deputies were able to determine a baby was missing, which triggered an immediate large response and search, and they were able [to] locate the child,” Sheriff Michael Bouchard said in a Facebook post. “Their quick work avoided what could have been an unspeakable tragedy.”
The mother, whose identity has not been released, was taken to a mental health facility.