Police in the central Indian city of Bhopal say a newborn baby girl has been found abandoned in a rubbish bin.
The infant, who was discarded within hours of being born, was found with no clothes on and had been bitten by ants before she could be rescued.
She is in a critical condition in hospital and is undergoing treatment, police said.
The infant’s mother, who has been traced, is unwell and being treated in another hospital, they added.
“We have registered a complaint and once the mother is better, we will interrogate her,” senior police official in Bhopal Srinivas Verma told BBC Hindi.
The baby was found near Deepshikha school by Rajiv Patel who lives nearby and was alerted by the sound of her crying, reports BBC Hindi’s S Niazi from Bhopal.