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A NEWBORN baby found dumped in rubbish bin was rescued by villagers who heard her cries for help.
The little girl, who was just 12 hours old, had been wrapped in blankets, stuffed inside a rucksack and left to die in a plastic barrel in Chiang Mai, Thailand, on Sunday.
Police were called and the baby was taken to hospital where she was given oxygen and urgent medical attention.
Well-wishers have now flooded the hospital with requests to adopt the youngster and give her a "dream life" after being abandoned by her own family.
Jiralak Jankrajai, from the Lanna Hospital in Chiang Mai, said: "The baby girl is healthy and she is in a good condition. She will be transferred to an orphanage where the adoption process will begin.
"A lot of people have called and visited the hospital who would like to adopt her.
The youngster was wrapped in bags and put inside a rucksack before being abandoned in the plastic barrel.
"She will grow up and have a good life. People want to give her a dream life. It is important that she is taken in by the right family."
The infant will be taken to Vieng Ping orphanage, where she will be cared for alongside other youngsters. Suitable families are currently being assessed.
Police believe the baby girl was born on Sunday morning then later stuffed in the bin.
It would make her around 12 hours old when she was found.
Officers are checking CCTV in the area to try and trace the mother.
They said that whoever dumped the girl in the bin will face prosecution.
Lt Col Sitthiporn Buasook, deputy investigative chief at the the Chang Puak police station, said: "Villagers found the baby at 8pm on Soi Sukkasem Road in the Muang District.
"They opened the bags and found the baby still alive. She urgently needed help.
"When the authorities arrived the girl was still warm and urgently needed oxygen. She was covered with blankets and was zipped inside a backpack.
"The girl was hurried to the Lanna Hospital, the nearest to the scene, and given urgent medical help.
"From preliminary investigations we expect that the girl was born in the early morning.
"She was left in a pile of rubbish and would have died if nobody had found her.
"We are checking CCTV surveillance cameras in the area to find the mother and prosecute whoever did this heartless act."
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