SYDNEY (AFP) -An Australian mother was Monday charged with attempted murder after her newborn baby was found crying at the bottom of a roadside drain in Sydney, where police believe he survived for five days.
Passing cyclists heard wailing coming from the 2.5 metre deep drain on a bike path along a western Sydney highway early Sunday.
After several people lifted a heavy concrete slab, the baby boy – wrapped in a striped hospital blanket with his umbilical cord cut and clamped – was found at the bottom.
A 30-year-old woman was charged with attempted murder after police spent several hours searching hospital records and knocking on doors. She was remanded in custody, reportedly viewed as a flight risk as her parents and siblings live in Samoa.
Police revealed the boy had been in the dirty drain since last Tuesday, likely pushed through a small gap before plunging to the bottom.
“A woman has been charged with attempted murder after a newborn baby was found in a drain in Sydney’s west on Sunday,” police said in a statement.
“Police will allege the baby, believed to have been born on Monday, was placed into the drain on Tuesday, November 18.”
Court documents claim the woman admitted to police she dumped her baby in the drain, knowing it could kill him, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.