Newborn baby in Brazil survives after being buried alive

Brazilian newborn baby girl survives seven hours buried alive

A newborn baby survived being buried alive by her family for seven hours and was rescued by Brazilian police, according to local media reports on Friday.

The mother's grandmother, Kutz Amin, later told police she thought the baby had died as it didn't cry.

Photo shows the newborn baby who was buried alive in the backyard of a house in the city of Canarana, Mato Grosso state.

The police received an anonymous tip that a baby's death wasn't reported to the authorities.

In the footage officers can be seen frantically trying to rescue the baby by digging with their bare hands, before she is taken from the ground covered in mud and barely breathing. She is now in the care of the state and her mother and grandmother was held by police but were subsequently released.

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

"The child was buried around 2pm but we were only called to investigate the incident late that night", Canarana's military police chief, João Paulo Bezerra do Nascimento, said. This was worrying because it was many hours after the event. She said her contractions started and the baby arrived quickly, falling onto the bathroom floor and suffering two cranial fractures.

The teen mum was also questioned by police and hospitalised.

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

The baby's mother, a 15-year old, had gone into labour around midday while in the bathroom.

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