Australian mom charged with attempted murder after newborn baby abandoned in Sydney storm drain

National Post | News

A newborn boy has been rescued from the bottom of a two-and-a-half-metre drainpipe in Australia after passing cyclists heard wailing, which they believed to be the sound of a kitten.

The baby, wrapped in a hospital blanket, had been dropped through a gap beneath the lid of a stormwater drain near a Sydney freeway. He was rescued by six men, including three police officers, who removed the 200-kilogram concrete covering.

The 30-year-old mother was later found by police and charged with attempted murder. The baby is “believed to be seven days old” and was trapped in the drainpipe for about six days, New South Wales Police said in a statement.

“Police will allege the baby, believed to have been born on Monday, was placed into the drain on Tuesday,” police said.

David Otte, who was cycling with his 18-year-old daughter Sunday morning, said they heard the baby crying. “We actually thought…

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