What a sad but also appalling situation, for a mother (or father or both) to dump a baby physically down the drain, allegedly dropping the tot 2.4 metres. Thank god for a real hero and the babies guardian angel in cyclist family David Otte and his daughter Hayley who were riding past and heard the cries.
It is disgusting, but I understand the bleeding hearts who will rush to the mothers defence. This is bullshit.Take or leave the baby in hospital when it was born.
Dramatic moment miracle baby was pulled from storm drain after surviving five days
- Newborn survived in five days before cyclists heard cries
- Boy has bleeding on the brain but is in a stable condition
- Mother, 30, made full confession, police tell court
- She hid pregnancy from family and father
THE boy miraculously found alive in a storm drain after being allegedly dumped by his mother is bleeding from the brain but in a stable condition in hospital.
And as Sydney prays he recovers fully from his injuries this morning, a fresh image has emerged showing the dramatic moment rescuers pulled him to safety.
It shows a policeman holds aloft the boy, swaddled in a pink blanket, after going into the 2m drain after emergency services were tipped off by a couple of cyclists who heard the baby’s cries. The cyclists anxiously watch on.
The newborn’s 30-year-old mother was formally charged with the sickening incident in Blacktown Local Court yesterday.
Despite the charge, the Samoan woman has been given the privilege of naming him – and has chosen a biblical name.
For legal reasons we cannot reveal it, but it is associated with one of the most infamous child death cases in Australian history.
Police told the court she had made a full admission, saying that she had put “the less than 24-hour-old baby down the drain knowing it may kill the baby”.
She allegedly went straight from Blacktown Hospital to the drain.
Also yesterday, it emerged the woman had hid her pregnancy from her family.
Her son lay for five days undiscovered inside the pit off a cycleway next to the M7 at Quakers Hill until bike riders heard him crying on Sunday morning and he was recovered, severely dehydrated.
Experts have said the combination of the lack of rain, insulation from the heat by concrete and babies’ natural ability to survive without food in early life all contributed to his survival.
Doctors confirmed his condition had improved in The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.
Family and community services minister Gabrielle Upton declined to comment when asked last night if she knew the mother had been allowed to name her baby.
Police will allege his mother left Blacktown Hospital on Tuesday afternoon, November 18, after giving birth at 1am that morning.
She allegedly caught a bus and train to the stormwater drain, where she dumped the newborn. He was about 17 hours old when he was forced inside a small opening with a 200kg concrete lid covering the drain.
The woman broke up with a boyfriend in the early stages of her pregnancy this year and hid it from him, as well as from her family. It is possible he never realised he was to become a father.
“It’s shocking. We had no idea, she seemed fine. I just thought she had put on a bit of weight,” a close family member said.
The court heard the woman, who lives in Quakers Hill with her aunt, uncle and a cousin, had no community ties and was a flight risk
Her immediate family members live in Samoa, where her parents are heavily involved in church missions.
Grasping each other’s hands and holding back tears, her relatives sat in court yesterday as a mental health examination was ordered. Outside the court a bystander shouted: “Shame.”
She made no application for bail, which was formally refused. The woman is due to appear in Penrith Local Court on Friday. The baby will remain in the care of the state.
Originally published as Moment miracle baby was plucked from drain
Samoan Mother of baby boy abandoned in drain near Sydney’s M7 charged with attempted murder
A 30-year-old woman has been charged with the attempted murder of her newborn baby boy, who was found in a drain in Sydney’s west.
Cyclists heard the baby crying from the bottom of a two-and-a-half-metre drain near the M7 motorway at Quakers Hill on Sunday morning.
Police conducted an extensive search to find the baby’s mother, including hospital record checks and doorknocks.
On Sunday afternoon a 30-year-old woman from Quakers Hill was arrested after attending Blacktown police station.
She has been charged with attempted murder and will face Blacktown local court today.
It is believed the baby was born on Monday and police will allege he was placed in the drain the following day.
The baby was taken to Westmead Children’s Hospital where he remains in a stable condition.
The woman has been refused bail and has been remanded in custody.
Baby sounded like a ‘kitten screaming’
David Otte and his daughter Hayley said they were riding along the M7’s cycleway when they thought they heard a kitten screaming.
“No-one in their right mind would ever come across something like this,” Mr Otte said.
They could hear the baby’s cries from a small opening in the drain but were unable to lift the lid.
“We couldn’t get it off. We couldn’t get it off, we had to wait to help the police,” he said.
“Luckily we were there, right place right time. There was someone looking over us and told us to stop and have a look.
“At the end of the day we need to find what the truth is behind it and really find out if we can help the little fella.”
Both he and his daughter were deeply shaken and thought at one point the baby had died.
“All I wanted was for this baby to be safe so I’m glad that we got there and saved him,” Hayley Otte said.
Newborn would not have survived hot day
As Sydney’s west sweltered in 40 degree plus heat on Sunday, the chances of the baby surviving if he was not found were slim, police said.
Inspector David Lagats said finding the baby inside a drain was horrific.
“It was already undernourished and dehydration would have taken effect,” he said.
“The baby was conscious and breathing.
“He was removed from the drain and placed in the care of police.
“Ambulance were called and he’s been taken to the Westmead Children’s Hospital.”
ASHLEE MULLANY AND AAP
The Daily Telegraph
November 23, 2014 4:25PM
THE mother of a baby found in a drain at Quakers Hill this morning has now been identified by police.
There are fears the newborn baby boy may have suffered internal injuries after being dropped down a 2.4m-deep drain near the M7 Motorway.
The dad and daughter who found the baby visited the Children’s Hospital at Westmead this afternoon to deliver a package of baby clothes.
David Otte and his daughter Hayley, as well as her mum Michelle, dropped off three sets of baby clothes, a new baby blanket and a face washer and towel.
“We wanted to see him, but the hospital said we weren’t able to at the moment,” Mr Otte said outside of hospital.
“We’d all really love a chance to see him again. Today has been such an emotional experience for everyone.”
Mrs Otte said the family was moved to give the little boy the gifts because “he really doesn’t have anything”.
“We have family, we have each other. He didn’t have anything.”
As a result of hospital record checks and doorknocks, the mother has been identified as a 20-year-old Quakers Hill woman.
She is currently assisting police with inquiries at Blacktown Police Station.
Mr Otte was cycling along the path with his 18-year-old daughter this morning when he heard the baby screaming.
“We were going on a leisurely ride, my daughter and I, and came across a noise that we could hear,” Mr Otte said.
“We actually thought it was a kitten and when we went down there we could hear exactly what it was, you could definitely tell it was a baby screaming.”
Mr Otte said he cycles on the path once a month and was about to turn around and head home when he heard the baby’s cries.
“Luckily we were there, someone was looking over us and told us to stop and have a look,” he said.
Inspector David Lagats, from Quakers Hill police, said the boy was malnourished and undergoing medical tests at Westmead Children’s Hospital.
“He’s said to be in a serious but stable condition. The hospital estimates the baby to be two to three days old,” Insp Lagats said.
“He was already malnourished and dehydration would have taken effect so I would have had grave fears for the child’s welfare had it been exposed to this weather for the rest of the day.
“The umbilical cord had been cut and had been clamped. It appears to have had some medical intervention since its birth.”
Of concern is the height that the baby may have fallen from, Quakers Hill duty officer Inspector David Lagats said.
There was a gap between the ground and the concrete slab, big enough to put the child through, and police believe he dropped 2.4m.
The child is thought to be of Indian or Middle Eastern appearance.
Some of the cyclists who found him saw an Indian male in an orange shirt walking on the cycle track moments after they heard the baby’s cries.
Senior-Constable Mark McAlister was among the first on the scene and climbed into the drain with another detective to pull the distressed baby out.
“When I arrived there were several bike riders, cyclists and pedestrians standing around the drain. Myself and several other police have come up, we heard something coming from the drain,” Sen-Constable McAlister said.
BUBS THAT WENT BEFORE…
August 2012: Six-week-old baby dumped on Joseph St, Lidcombe. Parents found arguing at Lidcombe station and child removed from family.
March 2013: Baby Ahn, abandoned hours after being born at Canterbury Hospital. 30-year-old Korean mother left him at the hospital.
April 2014: Baby “Mai”, 18-month-old left on the doorstep of a Western Sydney home. Mother was taken to immigration detention but released on a bridging visa.
“At least six of us have then lifted up the concrete drain lid, when we’ve opened it we’ve sighted the small baby wrapped up in a hospital blanket. He appeared very young.
“How could someone do it? I, myself, have kids and we’re expecting a baby in a few more months so it’s not good that someone’s going through this and has done this to a little one.
“It was a bit surreal really. It’s great that someone actually stopped and heard it and had the initiative to give us a call.”
A photo of the baby boy in Sen-Constable McAlister’s arms has been widely circulated on social media this morning as police attempt to find the baby’s parents.
Lisa Charet, district director from the Department of Families and Community Services, said it was likely the child would be released from hospital into the care of the state.
“At this stage we are really worried about his welfare and mum’s. We can give her the help and support that she needs. She must be feeling enormously distressed,” Ms Charet said.
“When this sort of thing happens, people are in a place of desperation.”
With temperatures tipped to peak above 40C in Western Sydney today there were concerns the child would have died if he had been found later in the day.