This is becoming an all-too-common occurrence—newborn babies discarded and left to die on rubbish tips, in gardens, or buried alive. There is an apathy creeping in where there should be compassion. One might wonder, “Why don’t they just hand the baby over to someone else if they don’t want it?”
In September 2017, a newborn baby girl was found smothered with ants, lying on top of a decaying rubbish tip, after a homeless man heard her desperate screams and came to her aid.
— BG. Ramiro Castrillón (@Region5Policia) September 12, 2017
The baby had been abandoned and left to die in the municipality of Floridablanca, in the northeastern Colombian department of Santander. Fortunately, the homeless man heard her and called the police.
Rescuers arrived shortly afterward and were shocked to see the tiny newborn covered in ants, with bites and cuts on her little body. She still had her umbilical cord attached.
Weighing just 2.2 kilograms (approx. 4.85 pounds), she was suffering from hypothermia but was sent to recover in Floridablanca Hospital.
According to Daily Mail, police were yet to identify the mother.
National Police of the Colombians posted several photos on Facebook. A woman by the name of Janeth Duran Garcia wrote on social media: “Good God, why did the mother let it get to this?”
“I don’t know. If she did not want her, why not leave her in a safe place? Thank God she didn’t get bitten by rodents … definitely this baby has a purpose in this world and only God knows what it is,” she added.
Another woman, named Carolina Medina Pineda, wrote: “Let’s hope a good family for this beautiful baby.”
One police officer placed a cap in the cot with the baby, showing that there are people who do care.
However, these incidents are far too common. Another heartbreaking instance of a mom dumping her newborn in the trash happened in Bhopal, the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh.
Similar to the aforementioned case, the abandoned baby girl was discovered by Dheeraj Rathore, a tea stall owner, after hearing her cries coming from inside the rubbish container in the early hours one Saturday in October 2017.
“I was passing through the bin when I heard the cries of a baby,” Dheeraj said, according to MailOnline. “I was shocked to see an infant’s head sticking out of a red polybag in a garbage vat among the bushes. Ants were all over her head and body.”
Horrifyingly, not only was the newborn baby girl covered with ants, she was also being eaten alive by the small insects. Luckily, Dheeraj and his two friends came to her rescue. They swept away the ants on her tiny body and rushed her to a nearby hospital.
Getting bitten by the ants, the baby, weighing just 3.5 pounds (approx. 1.5 kg) was said to be in a critical condition. The poor infant could have suffered physical abuse before the abandonment, because her body had several bruises and marks.
Even more saddening was the reason why the heartless mom abandoned the baby girl. The police believe the infant may have been left to die in the trash because she was not a boy. Many Indian parents regard daughters as a burden due to the huge dowries still involved in their marriages. They favor sons who are expected to care for them in their old age.
Hearing these baby abandonment stories will make us feel either depressed or outraged. Again, one may wonder: “Why don’t they just hand the baby over to someone else if they don’t want it?”