Baby in good health after being buried in woods

32-year-old Francis Crowley

According to the Missoula County Sheriff's Office, the baby that was found in the woods near Lolo Hot Springs after nine hours suffered minor scrapes and bruising, but is in good health.

The sheriff's office says they do not have custody of the child and that a referral has been made to Child and Family Services.

"Detectives are continuing their investigation. It’s important to note at this time that we will not be providing names or confirming any identities in an effort to protect this baby’s identity," said Missoula County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Brenda Bassett.

Montana authorities say a 5-month-old infant 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 8 p.m. Saturday 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 a baby was buried somewhere in the woods.

About six hours into the search, a deputy heard a faint cry and found the infant about 2:30 a.m. Sunday.

The suspect is 32-year-old Francis Crowley. He’s facing criminal endangerment charges, but it’s not his first run-in with the law. Oregon court documents show he was convicted of burglary charges, criminal mischief, assault and criminal trespass charges, among others. The Associated Press reports he was a key witness in a murder case against his cellmate in 2014.

Police say Crowley is being held on $50,000 bail and will be making his initial court appearance Tuesday. There was no information on whether Crowley had an attorney.

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