A baby girl was found buried alive after being left to die in a rubbish tip just hours after being born. The defenceless tot was rescued by horrified locals after a young child spotted her little foot poking out the ground. She was then rushed to hospital in a critical condition.

It is alleged that her parents buried her alive in the yard, covering her with soil, when she was just six hours old. The horrific incident happened in the area of Shyamasundarpur in Dharmasala, in Jajpur, India; the infant was saved when a young child playing nearby saw the tot and ran for help.

Police have confirmed they are investigating the case and say they are currently working on the assumption that the tiny baby girl was abandoned by her family. An eyewitness who helped with the rescue, named as Alok Rout, said a group helped rescue the poor newborn who was found with her face covered with a piece of cloth. Her umbilical cord was still attached.