MADRID – A Spanish woman has been arrested for attempted murder after her 2-day-old baby was discovered inside a building’s drain in Alicante and painstakingly rescued by firefighters, police said Sunday.
“A neighbor alerted the fire service that they could hear meowing coming from a waste water pipe, thinking that it was a cat that had become trapped,” the police in Alicante, Spain, said in a statement.
Firefighters and police officers discovered instead “the cries of a newborn baby and immediately proceeded to dislodge and save the child . . . who still had the umbilical cord attached” and was wrapped in plastic bags, the police said.
The baby, a boy weighing 2.1 kg, was taken to a hospital in serious condition, “with a fractured forearm and other injuries, but his life is not in danger,” the statement said.
It is believed the child was trapped in the pipe for 40 hours.
After saving the boy, the police arrested a 26-year-old woman who lives in the building for attempted murder. She had been admitted to a hospital “after saying that she had carried out an abortion at home,” the police said. The woman said she did not want the baby but could not afford an abortion, the police said.