Officers describe faint whimper, finding abandoned infant

  • This Sunday, July 8, 2018 booking photo provided by the Missoula County Jail shows suspect Francis Crowley, who was being held on $50,000 bail on a charge of criminal endangerment. On Saturday, July 7, the Missoula County Sheriff’s deputies were called about a man threatening people in the Lolo Hot Springs area of the Lolo National Forest. Deputies apprehended Crowley, who indicated that a baby was buried somewhere in the woods. The authorities after searching found a 5-month-old infant who survived more than nine hours being buried under a pile of sticks and debris in the woods of western Montana who suffered only minor injuries. (Missoula County Jail via AP)

  • Missoula County Justice Court Judge Marie Andersen reads Francis Crowley, appearing by videoconference, his rights in a court hearing in Missoula, Mont., on Tuesday, July 10, 2018. Crowley is accused of abandoning a 5-month-old boy in the woods of western Montana for more than nine hours. (AP Photo/Matt Volz)

  • From left, Missoula County Sheriff’s Deputy Ross Jessop, U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement Officer Nick Scholz and Sheriff T.J. McDermott answer questions on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, in Missoula, Mont., about a baby found in the woods at least nine hours after being abandoned. Jessop and Scholz found the 5-month-old boy covered in a pile of sticks and debris early Sunday, July 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Matt Volz)

  • This Sunday, July 8, 2018 photo provided by the Missoula County Sheriff’s Office shows a 5-month-old infant with dirt under their fingernails after authorities say the baby survived about nine hours being buried under sticks and debris in the woods. The Missoula County Sheriff’s Office says the baby is in good condition at a hospital and calls it a “miracle” that the child survived the weekend ordeal. Authorities say they were called about a man threatening people in the Lolo Hot Springs area of western Montana’s Lolo National Forest. Deputies apprehended the man who indicated that the baby was buried somewhere in the woods. (Missoula County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

MISSOULA, Mont. — A faint whimper in the darkness was all it took.

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