The Latest: Man describes finding baby thrown into a ravine

The Latest on the attempted murder case against his mother (all times local):

2 p.m.

A man who retrieved the baby who police said was thrown into a ravine says he's thankful it happened near his house in western North Carolina.

Scott Fowler told WLOS on Thursday that his wife heard the baby crying. Fowler said he saw the 7-week-old child over a bank.

Fowler said he went and got the baby and that she was in good shape. But he added: "What kind of human being could do this?"

Authorities in Henderson County said Friday that the child is in good condition. Her mother, Krista Noelle Madden, has been charged with attempted murder.

Police said she initially claimed the baby was kidnapped.


11:25 a.m.

Authorities in North Carolina say the claim that a 7-week-old baby was kidnapped has unraveled and the mother has been charged with attempted murder after the infant was found at the bottom of a ravine.

Henderson County Sheriff Lowell Griffin announced Friday that 35-year-old Krista Noelle Madden is now jailed on a count of attempted first-degree murder.

The sheriff said deputies encountered Madden on a nearby rural road Thursday evening, and she initially claimed she was able to escape from kidnappers who took her baby.

Griffin said a woman later called 911 with good news. She happened to hear the infant's faint cries and sent her husband climbing 75 feet down a ravine to recover the baby. Her car seat was found nearby.