A US mother has allegedly thrown her newborn baby out a window after giving birth in a bathtub.
Sabita Dookram, 23, has been charged with attempted murder after the baby was found outside a home in Queens, New York, on Sunday.
The baby was found laying in the alleyway of a house in the Ozone Park neighborhood about 10am and rushed to a nearby hospital in critical condition.
The newborn boy remains critical, police say.
A woman who lives next door said she stepped outside her house Sunday morning to empty the trash when she heard the baby’s cries.
“I went to close the gate and I heard a noise,” she told NBC.
“I looked and see it’s a baby noise.”
Through tears, she said the baby did not have a blanket or any other covering.
Another neighbour said the baby was “still moving” when he saw it, as it was being taken by authorities.
“For something like that to happen, it’s heartbreaking man. It’s heartbreaking,” he told NBC.
It is unclear how long after giving birth Dookram allegedly abandoned the baby.
Officers responded to the scene and found the newborn uncovered with his umbilical cord still attached.
Dookram was arrested and faces charges of attempted murder, attempted manslaughter, assault, reckless endangerment, tampering with physical evidence and abandoning a child.
She was also taken to hospital after the discovery of her child.
Police believe she threw her child out the window of her home after giving birth in the bathtub Sunday morning, the ABC reports.
New York state’s so-called safe haven law allows a person to anonymously drop off a newborn at a church or hospital, but the baby must be left with an adult or law enforcement official.