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WATCH: Moment newborn baby rescued after being buried alive for seven hours

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A newborn baby survived being buried alive by her family for seven hours and was rescued by Brazilian police, according to local media reports on Friday.

The indigenous girl was buried in the Xingu National Park in Mato Grosso state, and still had her umbilical cord attached.

O Globo reported that the baby was found in a 50cm pit following an anonymous tip-off

"We are investigating whether it was an attempted infanticide or if she thought the baby was dead,” state prosecutor Paulo Roberto do Prado told AFP.

Mato Grosso state is home to many of Brazil’s tribes.
The baby’s great-grandmother, a member of the Tamayura tribe, was detained, prosecutor Paulo Roberto do Prado said.

“We are investigating whether it was an attempted infanticide or if she thought the baby was dead,” he said.

“The information we have is that the child is doing well.”

The baby was taken to Cuiaba, the Mato Grosso state capital, on Wednesday and was placed in a neonatal intensive care unit.

The family told police the baby fell on its head after her mother gave birth in a bathroom.

However, the authorities suspected a cover-up.

“Since the father refuses to recognize the child, and the mother is only 15, there are suspicions that they had tried to kill the newborn,” police said.

(With AFP)