A 5-month-old baby who was buried in a Montana forest for at least seven hours was found in the middle of the night Sunday, officials in Missoula said Monday
. A man who was supposed to be taking care of the infant, Francis Carlton Crowley, 32, was arrested for criminal endangerment, authorities said. 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 strange. Additional calls came in saying the man was threatening people and saying he had a gun. He appeared to be under the influence of drugs and "indicated the baby was possibly buried somewhere in the mountains."
Police formed a search party and were dispatched to try and find the child. It was found after six hours, „face down, buried under a pile of sticks and debris." The baby has minor scrapes and bruises but was in good condition despite cold weather and was placed in the custody of Montana Child and Family Services. Crowley was under post-prison supervision for several counts of burglary and one count of criminal mischief and was a fugitive from Oregon. It wasn’t clear his relation with the child. “For all of us at the sheriff’s office, this is what we call a miracle,” a police statement said.