Mum's bizarre excuse after 'abandoning newborn baby in bin'

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A mum who claims she put her daughter in a bin for safekeeping while she popped into a friend’s house has been arrested.

The woman, who is reportedly from Afghanistan, was living in Turkey illegally when she gave birth in the northern city of Samsun.

She claimed she had no running water at her property and asked another person if she could use their sink to wash.

The mum said she left the baby in a bag on the bin while she quickly went upstairs.

But she claimed she fell asleep when she got home and forgot about the child.

Pictured left is the one-week-old baby and on right are the rubbish bins in Samsun where she was found.
The one-week-old baby (left) was found abandoned in one of these bins (right). Source: Newsflash/Australscope

The mother, identified only as Haniye M, reportedly went on the run after waking up and seeing the news story about the abandoned baby.

Police were called when locals living on Orhan Gencebay Street in the city's district of Ilkadim raised the alarm after going out to dump rubbish, and heard crying sounds and found the baby.

Emergency services at the scene took the one-week-old baby to a nearby hospital and she was set to be transferred to the Provincial Directorate of Family, Labour and Social Services after treatment.

Plastic bags and other rubbish in the bin where the baby was left in Turkey.
Inside the bin where the baby was abandoned. Source: Newsflash/Australscope

Police quickly tracked down the mother and also located the midwife, identified as Arifeh M, who helped deliver the baby and apparently did not report it.

Officers arrested the mum and the midwife after watching CCTV.

Both are currently in custody on attempted murder charges and the mother, who was reportedly living at the address under a fake name, told journalists she bitterly regretted dumping the baby.

– Australscope

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