Newborn baby in Brazil survives after being buried alive

Blanche Robertson
June 13, 2018

The indigenous girl was rescued by Brazilian police in the Xingu National Park in Mato Grosso state, which is home to numerous country's tribes.

The baby's mother apparently told police that she thought her baby died after the newborn hit her head on the bathroom floor.

An anonymous tip related to the burial led police to the little girl, and they dug up the baby, who was hospitalised.

Searching the garden that night, police recovered what they thought was a body. The police visited the house and officers were digging the shallow grave she was buried in when they heard a faint cry.

She was taken to the hospital and although she has some respiratory issues, she's said to be in stable condition.

Police pulled her from a tight hole in the ground.

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The indigenous girl was buried in the Xingu National Park in Mato Grosso state, and still had her umbilical cord attached. She was placed in intensive care and had suffered two fractures to her skull.

Despite spending seven hours underground, "the information we have is that the child is doing well", do Prado said.

By the time we arrived we never expected to find the child alive.

The family are indigenous and the grandmother said she followed traditional customs in burying the infant in the backyard. The 15-year-old mother was also questioned but was released after a few hours. However, a medical evaluation found the baby was full term.

The girl's great-grandmother, 57, has been arrested and faces an attempted murder charge.

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