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Baby found in Montana woods released from hospital

Francis Crowley, 32, has been charged with felony assault on a minor and criminal endangerment.

The 5-month-old infant is shown with dirt under

The 5-month-old infant is shown with dirt under his fingernails on Sunday after the ordeal. Photo Credit: AP / Missoula County Sheriff's Office

MISSOULA, Mont. — Authorities said a 5-month-old infant has been released from the hospital after officers had found the baby buried under sticks and debris for about nine hours in the woods south of Missoula.

The Missoulian reported the boy is in protective custody while his case is handled by the Montana Department of Health and Human Services.

The baby was discovered early Sunday morning after Missoula County deputies apprehended a man in the Lolo Hot Springs area Saturday.

Authorities said Francis Crowley, 32, has been charged with felony assault on a minor and criminal endangerment. He remains in custody on $200,000 bail. There was no information on whether Crowley had an attorney.

Crowley told authorities he crashed a vehicle with the baby inside, but he was unable to take them to the site.

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