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Last Updated: Wednesday, 30 May 2007, 11:30 GMT 12:30 UK
SA baby survives latrine horror
A newborn baby dumped into a long-drop latrine in South Africa has been saved after spending a night in the cold pit.

"This is the first time in 13 years that I've taken out a live baby," policeman Jack Haskins said.

The rescuers sank a hole parallel to the toilet and then tunnelled across to reach the baby at a depth of 1.5m.

The child, whose early morning cries had raised the alarm, was covered in maggots. The mother, 23, has been charged with attempted murder.

The overnight temperature had dropped to 8C, during the southern hemisphere winter.

The umbilical cord and placenta were still attached to the little boy, which is what the maggots were feeding on, the South African Press Association reports.

"The paramedics and I stood around like proud fathers," Mr Haskins is quoted as saying by the Beeld newspaper.

The baby, who is recovering in Grey's Hospital in Pietermaritzburg, has been nicknamed Quarter Jack by the rescue team.

"My son's name is Half Jack," Mr Haskins told The Mercury newspaper.

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