Police arrest woman, 24, after newborn baby found alive inside rubbish bin

Andy Wells
Freelance Writer
Local residents look inside the rubbish bin in Kalamata, southern Greece (AP)

Police in Greece have arrested a 24-year-old woman after a newborn baby was found dumped inside a rubbish bin.

The baby boy, which is between six and 10 days old, was transferred to hospital, where he was found to be in generally good health.

He was found abandoned inside an in-ground rubbish bin in the southern city of Kalamata.

A woman throws a plastic bag into the in-ground bin (AP)
 The bin where the baby was discovered is nearly 10ft deep (AP)

Police said the suspect was believed to be the baby's mother.

The mayor of Kalamata told state-run ERT television the bin where the baby was discovered was nearly 10 feet deep.

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Mayor Thanassis Vassilopoulos, said the baby "was very lucky in its misfortune" because the local bin lorry - which crushes the rubbish placed inside it - had been delayed on its route.

During the delay, a woman who was feeding neighbourhood cats nearby heard the baby's crying and called police, who jumped into the bin to retrieve the infant.