Brazil Authorities Find Newborn Baby Abandoned in Armadillo Burrow

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 10, 2006   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
October 10
, 2006

Laranjeiras do Sul, Brazil ( — In a bizarre case, local police have found a newborn baby abandoned in an armadillo burrow in this small town in the southern part of Brazil. Officials found the baby on Monday.

According to news reports, the baby spent as much as 24 hours inside the armadillo burrow before he was discovered. When found, only the baby boy’s head was sticking out of the ground, the placenta was still attached to his body and a group of flies had gathered around his head.

Brazzil Magazine reports that authorities tracked down the baby’s mother, 40 year-old Lucinda Ferreira Guimarães. Police arrested her in a local bar and eventually let her go, telling the magazine that she was crying hysterically and couldn’t speak to them coherently.

Guimarães initially denied being the mother of the newborn baby and never told officials why she buried her baby boy alive. She is the mother to four other children and her youngest is five years old.

The magazine reports that police may charge her with assault or attempted murder in the case and local authorities have yet to determine what will happen to the baby boy.

The baby is now in the hospital recovering from injuries sustained in the incident and reportedly weighs 6.1 pounds

The magazine said Lieutenant Marcos Paluch told news media that the baby was born on Sunday at eight months into the pregnancy. The armadillo burrow where he was buried is about 300 yards from Guimarães’ house.

Police started searching for the child when neighbors indicated Guimaraes had blood on her dress and was no longer visibly pregnant.

Officials initially thought the baby boy was dead, but he was sleeping and began to cry as soon as dirt was removed from his mouth.