- A newborn baby survived after being buried alive by her family for seven hours
- The baby girl was rescued by Brazilian police in the Xingu National Park in Mato Grosso state, which is home to many of Brazil’s tribal people
A newborn baby was rescued after being buried alive by her family for seven hours.
According to several reports, the baby girl was rescued by Brazilian police in the Xingu National Park in Mato Grosso state, which is home to many of Brazil’s tribal people, after a nurse alerted authorities upon finding out that the girl had been buried soon after her birth on Tuesday.
Police released a video showing officers digging sand out of a shallow hole at night, then pulling out the naked baby out of a 50cm pit in a backyard, umbilical cord still attached.
Veja o momento emocionante em que policiais ajudam a resgatar recém nascida que havia sido enterrada viva pela avó e mãe em Canarana. ??#pmmt #servireproteger
Posted by Polícia Militar do Estado de Mato Grosso on Wednesday, June 6, 2018
The infant’s family are members of the indigenous Kamayura tribe and explained to police that the baby hit her head after her 15-year-old mother gave birth on Tuesday. Due to their tribe’s customs, they assumed the baby was dead and buried her.
However, the authorities suspected a cover-up.
“Since the father refuses to recognize the child, and the mother is only 15, there are suspicions that they had tried to kill the newborn,” police said.
The baby was rushed to an intensive care unit at Boa Aqua Hospital who had hypothermia and respiratory issues. She is now in the care of the state.
Meanwhile, the police arrested the infant’s 57-year-old grandmother and charged her with attempted murder.