A newborn baby was miraculously dug out of a shallow grave after being buried alive for eight hours.
Relatives are understood to have laid the baby girl to rest wrongly believing she had died at birth.
Incredible footage shows two cops kneeling over a hole in the ground using only a torch light to see what they’re doing as they shovel dirt away from the top of the baby’s head.
Cops expected to find a dead body but were shocked to hear a tiny whimper as they scraped away the earth.
The baby was rushed to hospital with paramedics clearing her airways and administering oxygen in the ambulance. Doctors transferred her to intensive care following tests and scans and said the resilient child is making good progress despite her traumatic start to life.
Officers were alerted to the incident after receiving an anonymous tip off that the death of the newborn had not been reported to the relevant authorities. They went to the family’s home in Canarana, central west Brazil, to investigate the allegation and to search the grounds.
The tot was apparently born around midday to a 15-year-old Brazilian indigenous Indian girl. The young mother said she was alone in the bathroom when her contractions started.
She claimed her daughter arrived quickly and fell onto the bathroom floor hitting her head. The infant suffered two cranial fractures which are being monitored by paediatricians at Agua Boa Regional Hospital.
When the baby apparently failed to cry after being born, the 57-year-old great grandmother, named as Kutz Amin, allegedly told police she believed the baby was dead.
She claimed she followed tribal customs and wrapped the girl in a cloth and buried her in the back yard.
She allegedly said her great-granddaughter “showed no signs of life” before she entombed and completely covered her with earth.