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Woman Arrested Four Years After Newborn Baby Found in Plastic Bag in Georgia

During a recent press conference, the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office announced the arrest of a 40-year-old woman, Karima Jiwani, in connection with a case that unfolded four years ago when a baby was discovered wrapped in a plastic bag in Georgia.

Jiwani was taken into custody on Thursday and now faces multiple charges, including criminal attempt to commit murder, aggravated assault, willful abandonment, and cruelty to minors in the first degree, according to law enforcement.

On June 6, 2019, it is alleged that Jiwani abandoned the infant, later referred to as “Baby India,” in a wooded area. The baby’s cries were heard by a man in his home, who quickly alerted rescue personnel. When the baby was found, she was still connected to the umbilical cord, told NY Post.

During the press conference, Forsyth County Sheriff Ron Freeman expressed his determination to bring the responsible person to justice, stating, “Four years ago, I said in this room that we would bring this person to justice. I had no idea it would take four years,” emphasizing the time it took to make significant progress in the investigation.

Sheriff Freeman explained that a breakthrough occurred ten months ago when advanced DNA techniques were employed to identify Baby India’s biological father. Once this step was completed, the focus shifted to uncovering the circumstances surrounding the abandonment. Eventually, they were able to locate the child.

According to Freeman, evidence suggests that Jiwani had driven with the baby for a significant amount of time after giving birth, implying that she did not make any effort to leave the child in a place where she could be found.

Interviews with Jiwani’s acquaintances revealed a history of concealed pregnancies and surprise births, suggesting that she went to great lengths to hide her pregnancies. However, investigators found no evidence suggesting that the child’s biological father was aware of the pregnancy or the subsequent abandonment.

The sheriff expressed his dismay at the manner in which the baby was discarded in the woods, describing it as one of the most heart-wrenching things he had witnessed. He also commended the Forsyth County community for rallying together to support the child with love, care, and prayers.

No updates were provided regarding the current condition of Baby India, but Sheriff Freeman assured the public that she is now in a happy, healthy, and safe environment.

Paul joined the Manchester Evening News in 2004 and Tosbos in 2022. A senior reporter, he's experienced in crime and court reporting - and also holds the defense portfolio.


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