A 23-year-old woman has been arrested after allegedly throwing her newborn baby from a window after giving birth.
Sabita Dookram faces seven charges as the infant fights for his life in New York.
Police sources told the New York Post that the child was thrown from a window shortly after he was born in a bathtub.
The little boy was found naked attached to his umbilical cord outside a home in Queens, New York, on Sunday, investigators said.
He was found by a neighbour at around 10.15am, and it is believed he was born on Saturday night.
Dookram has been charged with attempted murder, attempted manslaughter, assault, reckless endangerment, tampering with physical evidence, abandonment of a child and acting in a manner to injure a child.
A tearful neighbour told NBC: “I went to close the gate and I heard a noise.
“I looked and see it’s a baby noise.”
She said that the infant did not have any clothes or a blanket.
Another said the baby was “still moving” and described the incident as “just heartbreaking”.
In New York laws are in place to prevent babies being abandoned.
Dr Peter Silver, medical director at the Cohen Children’s Medical Center, where the child is being treated, told CBS : “What that law states is that parents can anonymously turn over an unwanted baby, as long as they do it in a safe way and the baby is not injured, up to 30 days of age.
“Again, as long as the baby is cared for and somebody knows the baby is there.”
The 23-year-old mother, Sabita Dookram, has since been taken into custody.
The baby was discovered with his umbilical cord still attached outside a home at 126th Street in South Ozone Park, Queens, at around 10:15 am, on Sunday, October 11.
Investigators alleged Dookram had just given birth in the bathtub, then tossed the baby out from the bathroom window.
The newborn remains hospitalised and his condition is improving at Cohen Children’s Medical Center.