A newborn baby girl was found buried alive by villagers in India.
According to the Daily Mail, the new born baby was found buried in a sand pit in a field and left to die when a child spotted her feet poking out of the ground. The child is thought to have been no more than six hours old at the time.
The baby was rushed to a nearby hospital, where officials say she is still being observed. The discovery was made in the Jajpur district in the state of Odisha. In that area of India, many families hope to have sons and will go to great lengths to avoid having a daughter.
Jajpur district's chief medical officer Fanindra Kumar Panigrahi gave an update on the baby's health.
"She is doing fine and all her parameters are normal. She is a full term baby, weighing around 2.5 kg," Panigrahi said. "Her umbilical cord was intact and body was still covered with vernix."
Rout says that a group of people worked together to help rescue the girl after she was spotted. She said that her face was found covered with a piece of cloth.
Staff at the hospital where the baby was taken have named her Dhariti, a Sanskrit word that means "the earth."
The girl is expected to be handed over to a state-run welfare committee when she is discharged from the hospital.
According to NDTV, police have arrested the baby girl's father after he confessed to burying her alive.
Ramesh Chandra Basantia is suspected to be the girl's father. He allegedly buried the newborn baby in a field near his house, just two hours after his wife gave birth.
Basantia is a part time driver who already has four children, according to Jaipur's Superintendent of Police, Kumar Sahu. The SP added that because his house is in an isolated location, nobody witnessed the horrific burial of the girl.
Prior to Basantia's arrest, local police officer Jyoti Prakash Panda said, "We are trying to track the parents of the girl. Chances are it was a case of female feticide and it is clear that the accused wanted to kill her."
Sources: Daily Mail, NDTV / Photo Credit: YouTube via Daily Mail, credit:http://www.americanow.com