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Video shows rescue of baby from plastic bag in woods

Dramatic footage showing the rescue of a newborn baby found alive inside a plastic bag in the woods has been released.

The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office in Georgia, US, made the video public in the hope that it will generate credible tips in the case.

Hospital staff have named the baby India, who is said to be "thriving", despite the early distress.

Authorities have been searching for the baby girl’s mother since June 6, when a family in a nearby home heard her crying in a wooded area in Cumming.

Baby India is said to be 'thriving'. Credit: Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office

The video shows police officers tearing open the plastic bag containing the child as she cries. Then, they wrap her in a blanket to keep her warm.

“We are happy to report that Baby India is thriving and is in the care of the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement accompanying the video.

Officials are asking the public to share any knowledge of a woman in the late stages of pregnancy who may have given birth to the baby.

“We release this footage in hopes to receive credible information on the identity of Baby India and to show how important it is to find closure in this case,” the sheriff’s office said.

Cumming is about 35 miles north of Atlanta.