Smoker Saves Buried Newborn

Baby found buried in Singapore rooftop garden
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 21, 2011 1:20 AM CDT
The baby was found on the roof of a building in Eunos Crescent, Singapore.   (Singapore Property Guru)

(Newser) – A Singapore man who went to a rooftop garden for a cigarette ended up saving a newborn's life. The retired 60-year-old smoker heard soft mewing noises coming from nearby bushes and discovered a newborn baby buried just beneath the surface, reports the Straits Times. A plastic bag was wrapped around the baby boy's neck and his mouth was stuffed with leaves and mud but he was still breathing.

The man dug out the baby—who still had his umbilical cord attached—and took him to a nearby senior center, where he was cleaned and authorities were called. The boy is in stable condition in a local hospital, and police are searching for his next of kin. Investigators found blood in the building's stairwell and a bundle of bloody clothes in bushes close to where the baby was found.

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