A baby was pulled alive from the shallow grave his mother had left him to die in three days previously.
The boy was said to be discovered after staff at the timber factory where his mum works heard him crying.
The baby had reportedly been left in a makeshift grave near the factory in the town of Paddock, South Africa.
Her colleagues found the boy under some sand and timber she had taken from the factory.
The 25-year-old woman, from the town of Izingolweni in KwaZulu-Natal’s Ugu District, admitted to police what she had done.
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.”
The baby was placed in an intensive care unit at the nearby Port Shepstone Regional Hospital.
The mother was released from the hospital and it was not reported what charges she faces or whether she will be reunited with her baby.
The heartlessness of a young mother has sparked up public outrage and furore. A baby was pulled alive from the shallow grave his mother had left him to die in