(Booking photo of Francis Carlton Crowley)
Missoula County Sheriff Department
Syndicated by: Montana News
by: Donald Cyphers Investigative reporter
Oregon Man, Francis Carlton Crowley, was arrested and charged with Assault on a minor under 36 months and criminal endangerment in the State of Montana.
Francis Carlton Crowley, however, is a Fugitive from Justice and is wanted by the state of Oregon for Burglary I. Burglary II. (2 Counts) and Criminal Mischief class I.
The State of Oregon informed Montana Law Enforcement that they believed that Crowley was somewhere in the state of Montana.
Sure enough, he was.
ON July 6th, 20178, at 8 p.m. the Missoula County Sheriff Office sent several Deupties to the Lolo Hot Springs for what was described as just a disturbance.
According to the Lolo Hot Springs complex, they had previously trespassed Francis Crowley from the Hot Springs and he later returned to the Hot Springs making threats and firing off his gun in the air.
Just moments before LEO's were dispatched to the Hot Springs, they also received a call regarding an accident and that the driver was Francis Crowley and he had a 5 month old baby with him.
Deputies were able to speak to the baby's mother who stated that a crash had occurred and that the driver was Francis Carlton Crowley.
Officers were able to find Francis Carlton Crowley and could tell that he was extremely high. Crowley did not have the baby with him Officers observed. It was obvious that Francis Crowley was under the influence of dangerous drugs based on his behavior with the Officers. Crowley did admit that he had recently ingested METH and bath salts.
Crowley told the LEO's that he would take them to where he left the baby, but he could not remember where the baby was. His numerous inconsistent statements as to where the baby was concerned Officers as time was running out to save the child.
Francis Crowley lied to Officers as he told them at one point that the baby was dead and that he buried the baby in the mountains, another lie was that he left the baby laying on the side of the road.
Officers continued to search for the baby and eventually located a game trail that appeared to have branches broken as if a car had traveled through the thickets. 100 yards from where LEO's started their search, they located a blue Chevy Corsica that had been crashed into a tree.
Baby items were found strewn about down the slope .
(Photo of Baby)
Missoula County Sheriff Department
Deputy Ross Jessop and US Forest Service Officer Nick Scholz looked up the slope area and located a baby carrier.
As both of these Officer walked towards the trail that was a game trail, suddenly they heard a faint cry of a baby. Both Officers followed the faint baby cries and soon discovered an infant who was face down and covered up with small sticks and was cold to the touch only dressed in a onesie. It appeared that the baby was very soiled and extremely exhausted.
The baby was located on private property in a heavily wooded area.
The baby was taken to an ambulance, which quickly transported the baby to the hospital. The baby started to cough up small sticks and dirt.
The baby was treated for dehydration, lack of food and cuts and bruises.
Francis Carlton Crowley told Detention staff that he had left the baby in the woods because the baby was "very heavy." Temperatures that day reached 91* F and the evening before when the accident occurred, the temps dipped to 51*
This article was published by: Donald Cyphers Investigative reporter License# USPA-ID-US/VI-01/29995