1airportPolice have arrested a young mother after her baby was found dead in a bin in an airport toilet – and the mother allegedly said she threw the baby there because she did not want to miss a connecting flight.

The baby was discovered in a plastic bag in the toilet’s bin by a cleaner at Vienna’s Schwechat International Airport in Austria – and her mother was found covered in blood in a nearby waiting area.

A report by a local news agency said that the 27-year-old Nigerian mother was flying from Minsk, the capital of Belarus to Washington D.C. and said she threw the infant away in order not to miss her connecting flight. She claimed she thought the baby was stillborn, although reports said the infant died in hospital.

The exact cause of death is currently being ascertained by officials who have ordered a post-mortem examination. The woman has been put in pre-trial detention and prosecutor Friedrich Koehl has said that the woman will be investigated on possible charges of “suspicion of killing a child at birth”.