Newborn baby pulled alive from shallow grave three days after mum left him to die

A baby was pulled alive from a shallow grave three days after his mum buried and left him there to die. The boy was discovered after staff at a timber factory where his mother works heard him crying. The woman had left the baby in a makeshift grave near the warehouse in the town of Paddock, in KwaZulu-Natal Province, in South Africa. She later told police she had left him there because she was afraid her parents would not approve of her having a second child. Her colleagues found the boy under some sand and wood she had taken from the factory.


The baby was discovered near a factory in the KwaZulu Natal Province, in South Africa (Photo: Gallo Images)
The 25-year-old woman from the town of Izingolweni in KwaZulu-Natal’s Ugu District admitted to police what she had done.

Captain Gerald Mfeka said: “They searched and found him hidden underneath some timber, covered in sand. “On hearing the commotion, the mother confessed that the child was hers. Her explanation was that she was afraid of her parents.
“This was her second child, the elder one being four years old, and she felt her parents would not approve of another baby.” The baby was placed in an intensive care unit at the nearby Port Shepstone Regional Hospital. His mother was reportedly also taken there, but it was not clear why. She was released from the hospital and it was not reported what charges she faces or whether she will be reunited with her baby.

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