Newborn baby boy is rescued ALIVE from drain under courtyard after 40 hours: Mother 'who could not afford abortion' is arrested by Spanish police
- Two-day-old found wrapped in plastic bags under manhole cover in Alicante
- Baby may have been there for 40 hours only found after neighbour called firefighters because they thought a meowing cat was stuck
- Mother, 26, went to hospital on Friday saying she had had a miscarriage
- She has been arrested and has told officers she could not afford an abortion
By ROSIE TAYLOR
The boy in a one metre-square manhole in a courtyard where drains from the surrounding buildings converged.
It is thought the child, who was found wrapped in a plastic bag with a hole in it to let him breathe, could have been stuck there for up to 40 hours.
Safe now: The baby in the arms of a rescue worker. The two-day-old, who still had his umbilical cord attached, was rescued from a drain in Spain after a 40-hour ordeal
Survivor: The baby suffered a broken arm and other injuries but they are not thought to be life-threatening
Firefighters and police had attended the flat in the working-class Alicante neighbourhood of Virgen del Carmen at 2am this morning after a neighbour called saying they thought there was a meowing cat stuck in the drain.
The 26-year-old mother, who has not been named, was escorted back to the flat yesterday afternoon by police for a scene-of-crime inspection. She has reportedly confessed to officers, saying she did not have enough money for an abortion.
In a statement the Ministry said the mother was under arrest and that an investigation was under way to try and discover whether she acted alone, or if a third party could have been involved.
A woman, 26, is led away after she was arrested for trying to kill the newborn by pushing him down a drain
A view of the Alicante apartment building where a newborn baby was rescued after his mother allegedly threw him down a drainpipe
City: The two-day-old baby was recovered from a drain in Alicante, Spain (file photo)
Reports said she had visited hospital on Friday where she told staff she had had a miscarriage.
Social services say they will investigate the newborn’s family set-up before making any decision on his future.
A spokesman for Spain’s national police said: ‘The woman we have arrested is being held on suspicion of attempted murder.’
One neighbour said: ‘I thought it was a cat that was trapped and the baby’s crying was the meowing.
'The noise went on for ages so I called the police.
‘One of the firefighters saw one of his tiny feet and realised it wasn’t a cat but a child.’
Last month rescue workers in eastern China had to extract a newborn baby who had become stuck in a sewer pipe after its mother had tried to give birth in secret and said the baby had slipped down a toilet
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