A newborn baby girl has been found abandoned wrapped in a plastic bag with stab wounds and a rusty knife protruding from her back.
The injured infant was found by a passerby in the city of Posadas, in the north-eastern Argentine province of Misiones.
Gym instructor Diego Sebastian Penayo, 31, found the baby wrapped in a blue and pink blanket and placed inside a black plastic bag.
The infant had a knife protruding from her back, but still displayed vital signs and was crying when Penayo passed.
He took the baby girl to a nearby police station and she was later transferred to the Paediatric Hospital Dr. Fernando Barreyro for treatment.
Hospital doctors estimated the infant was no older than two days and had multiple knife wounds on her body.
The police have reportedly identified the baby’s mother and arrested her.
The police told Clarin, a local news site, the unnamed woman “gave birth and left Hospital Dr. Ramon Madariaga Treble to go to a nearby street, where she abandoned the newborn girl”.
David Halac, a spokesperson for Hospital Dr. Fernando Barreyro, told the newspaper Cronica that the baby had a rusty knife made by the company Tramontina in her back, along with several other injuries caused by the same blade.
“The baby is currently stable and we believe that she will surviv,” he said.
Halac said the stab wounds were mostly superficial and had not damaged any organs.
Hospital workers have decided to call the baby Esperanza (Hope).
It is unclear whether the detained mother has been charged yet.
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