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Mother arrested years after her baby was found alive in a plastic bag

The mother of a newborn baby found abandoned and wrapped in a plastic bag nearly four years ago in Georgia has been arrested, PEOPLE reported.

Karima Jiwani, 40, was arrested on Thursday and faces charges of felony attempted murder, aggravated assault, reckless abandonment, 1st degree child cruelty, among other charges, according to the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office.

The child, called “Baby India”, was discovered in a wooded area on June 6, 2019, officials said. The man who found her at the time reportedly told rescuers he heard her crying from his home and found her covered in blood with the umbilical cord still attached.

“Four years ago I said in this room, and I said to you, we’re going to bring this person to justice,” Forsyth County Sheriff Ron Freeman said at a conference call. press Friday. “I didn’t know it was going to take four years.”

Freeman said investigators were able to use “advanced DNA practices” to break through the case and identify the child’s father. Afterwards, investigators sought to determine who was responsible for leaving the newborn in the woods, according to the report.

“He said evidence found suggested Jiwani had been driving for a ‘significant time’ after baby India was born in his car. He said the new mother had made ‘no effort to leave this child’ in a ‘place where this child could be found,’ according to the report.

Freeman said the mother’s family and friends told law enforcement that she allegedly had “a history of hidden and concealed pregnancies and surprise births” and that she allegedly “was aware of the pregnancy for a considerable period of time” and “went to extreme lengths to conceal this pregnancy,” the report states.

Freeman noted that investigators found no evidence to suggest the child’s father knew about the pregnancy or the abandonment.

“This child was tied up in a plastic bag and dumped in the woods like a garbage bag. I can’t understand that,” Freeman said. “It’s literally one of the saddest things I’ve ever seen.”

The sheriff celebrated the community’s response to the incident, saying, “Forsyth County has surrounded this little girl with love, care and prayers and raised her right.”

Freeman didn’t give many details about the child but confirmed she was in a “happy, healthy and safe place”.

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