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Policewoman breastfeeds starving new-born found abandoned in forest

By The Mirror | January 13th 2016

This heroic policewoman saved an hours-old baby who had been dumped in the woods, by breastfeeding her while paramedics arrived.

Officer and new mum Luisa Urrea had been called to a remote forest after locals found the starving tot in the undergrowth with part of her umbilical cord still attached.

She has been credited by doctors with saving the little one's life, with doctors saying the tiny girl would have succumbed to starvation and hypothermia had she not stepped in.

But modest Luisa told local media: "I'm a new mother and I have milk and I recognised the needs that this poor little creature had.

"I think any woman would have given her nourishment in the same circumstances."

Edinora Jimenez, 59 - who found the baby in the west Columbian village - said: "I was collecting some oranges when I heard something crying.

"I thought it was a cat until I looked closer and saw that it was a baby girl."

Police commandant Javier Martin told how the baby was so recently born she still had part of her umbilical cord attached.

He added: "The girl had some lacerations and was suffering from hypothermia.

"However, she was treated quickly and is now in good health."

The infant is now being cared for by the Colombian Institute of Family Welfare who are searching for an adoptive home.

Now police and health officials are searching for the baby's birth mother, who may face attempted murder charges.

Orphanage director Jhon Arley Murillo said: "We could be dealing with a case of attempted homicide, although it's the prosecutor who will decide the charge."

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