Officers recount ‘faint whimper’ of missing baby

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Two Montana officers are recounting how they found a missing baby in the woods after a six-hour search.

Missoula County Sheriff’s Deputy Ross Jessop and U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement Officer Nick Scholz say Francis Crowley, the man who is accused of leaving the 5-month-old boy Saturday, was no help.

They found the site where Crowley had crashed a car with the baby inside. They followed a trail of scattered toys and baby items as they searched an abandoned mountain road early Sunday.

They say they heard a faint whimper and then Jessop nearly stepped on the child. Jessop says he abandoned his police training and any thoughts of preserving evidence and scooped up the cold, soiled baby.

Jessop says he kissed the child and just held him before they walked him out of the woods.