Abandoned newborn baby found on a pile of leaves covered in ants

Babies lying on grass (illustration) 
By: Chan Yuan

Police are looking to arrest a mother who dumped her newborn baby in the woods and was left there to die, according to police in Russia.

Chelyabinsk police said that a man who heard a newborn baby crying in the woods, made the gruesome discovery.

The girl was estimated to be three days old. The man, who took a shortcut to work through the woods, said that the girl was lying on a pile of leaves and covered with ants.

According to investigators, if she had not been found, she would have been dead by the end of the day. The man called an ambulance and the baby, who still had her umbilical cord attached, was taken to a hospital.

She is now expected to make a full recovery. Officials are now trying to locate the parents of the girl. Police urged anyone with information to come forward.