A baby boy in South Africa was miraculously found alive three days after his mother cruelly buried him in a shallow grave and left him to die.
According to The Daily Mail, the baby was discovered in the town of Paddock, in KwaZulu-Natal Province, eastern South Africa.
The infant had reportedly been left in a shallow grave by his own mother, and he was not found until several employees at the timber factory where his mother worked heard him crying.
The 25-year-old mother had reportedly created the makeshift grave out of sand and timber from the factory.
According to reports, the young mom decided to abandon her baby because she did not think her family would approve of her having a second child.
The moment the baby was found, the woman reportedly admitted what she had done right away.
“They searched and found him hidden underneath some timber, covered in sand,” Captain Gerald Mfeka said. “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,” he added.
According to The Daily Mail, the baby was rushed to the nearby Port Shepstone Regional Hospital, where he reportedly remains in intensive care.
The baby’s mother was also reportedly taken to the hospital, but it remains unclear exactly why.
Although the mother has since been released from the hospital, authorities have not revealed what kind of charges she will face or if she will be reunited with her baby.
This story comes on the same day that a mother in China was accused of abandoning her newborn baby in a toilet.
According to The Mirror, the woman in that case, identified only as Ms. Yue, told authorities that she did not know she was pregnant until she suddenly gave birth on the toilet.
In a moment of shock, the young woman reportedly ran from the bathroom and left the baby behind.
The woman was reportedly so stunned by the surprise birth that her roommate was forced to call the police for help.
When authorities arrived to the scene, they immediately pulled the baby from the toilet.
After the shocking birth, both the mother and the baby were reportedly taken to the hospital and are said to be in good condition.