A newborn baby has been found 2.5 metres down a drain in Sydney after cyclists passing by heard crying.
After pulling away the concrete drain cover they found the baby, thought to be two or three days old, lying at the bottom wrapped in a hospital blanket.
Police say they found the mother by checking hospital records. She was taken to police station for questioning.
Rescuers say there were no signs of physical injury but he was malnourished.
Believed to be just two or three days old, he remains in a serious but stable condition at Westmead Children’s Hospital.
Of concern is the height that the baby may have fallen from, Quakers Hill duty officer Inspector David Lagats told reporters.
Police suspect the baby was squeezed through the drain’s narrow opening and dropped to the bottom.
They did not say how long the child had likely been left there.