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19 Oct, 2007 08:19

Miraculous escape: baby thrown out of window survives

A first-time mother is thought to have thrown her naked, newborn baby from a first floor window near Moscow, perhaps because she was 'scared' about giving birth. The 26-year old mother has been named as the prime suspect by police.

On Wednesday evening Oksana gave birth to her first baby, a girl, in the town of Domodedovo. She was then alone at home and nobody knows exactly what happened next. A few minutes later the newborn was found there by a woman passing by.

The woman who made the shocking discovery wrapped the baby in a plastic bag, flagged a car and took her to a maternity home, where she's being looked after. The baby had been exposed to cold and was heavily bruised.

The baby’s grandmother Galina said her daughter was eagerly awaiting the birth.

“I don’t know what made her do it. Maybe she just got scared giving birth on her own in the apartment. It was her first baby. It wasn’t like she did not want a baby, she had been waiting for it,” the baby girl’s grandmother said.

The baby girl's mother is undergoing psychological examination and treatment. The infant and her mother are being kept separate and doctors say both are not well enough to face the media.

The local prosecutor’s office is looking into the case. It will decide whether to file a charge of attempted murder, and whether the mother is mentally fit to stand trial. If found guilty, Oksana could face up to five years in prison.