Monday, 24 June 2013
Abandoning babies becoming a worldwide trend....Newborn dumped in a drain in Alicante
A 26-year-old mother has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after her newborn baby was found abandoned in a drain under a block of flats in Alicante.
The two-day-old boy was found wrapped in plastic bags with his umbilical cord still intact. He had been left for up to 40 hours in a manhole where the building’s drains converged.
The baby was found alive by a neighbour who alerted firefighters to what he thought was a meowing cat trapped inside the drains at around 2am on Sunday, according to the Interior Ministry.
The baby, who weighed 4.6lbs, suffered a broken arm and some other injuries and is said to be in a serious but not life-threatening condition in a hospital.
According to police investigation, the young woman whom lived in the block of flats, had been admitted to Alicante’s General Hospital on June 21 where she told medical staff she had suffered a 'miscarriage'.
When police arrived at the hospital to question her, the mother told officers that she had tried to get rid of the baby but had not had enough money to pay for an abortion.
A police statement said the mother was under arrest and that an investigation was under way to try and discover whether she acted alone, or if a third party could have been involved.