There was shock on board a flight from Madagascar to Mauritius when airport staff discovered a newborn baby in the bathroom garbage.
The heartbreaking discovery was made on the Air Mauritius plane, which arrived from Madagascar, landed at Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport on 1 January while the plane was being screened for a routine customs check.
The baby boy was immediately rushed to a local hospital for treatment.
A 20-year-old woman who is suspected of having given birth on the flight, was arrested.
She initially denied the newborn was hers, but was made to undergo a medical examination which confirmed that she had just given birth.
Staff placed her under police surveillance at the hospital.
Thankfully mom and baby are doing well.
The mom is in Mauritius on a two-year work permit. She will be questioned after her release from the hospital and will be charged with abandoning a newborn.