Bizarre footage shows a mother being stopped by police after she was seen carrying her one-week-old baby in a bag.
The unnamed woman, 29, was criticised after she said she was taking her newborn boy “for a walk”.
Shocked passers-by in Kyiv, Ukraine, said the mum was walking along the street and ‘singing a lullaby to her bag’.
A witness told local media: ”The woman behaved weird and I started watching her. Then I heard a baby crying. The next moment, I realised the cry was coming from her bag.
”I approached her and asked if I could look in the bag. She said ‘no’ and hurried away. I reported the woman to the police.”
The video filmed by an onlooker shows officers stopping the mother then pulling the baby out of her bag.
The mother can be heard saying to cops: ”Leave him [the baby] alone. He is alive. He is fine.”
However, some witnesses whose voices are heard in the background expressed concerns about the child’s well-being.
”He could suffocate in the bag,” a concerned woman said, while another commented: ”The child is wrapped in a winter jacket. He is all wet.”
According to reports, the temperature was 30С (86 F) at the moment of the incident.
The officers reportedly put the baby in the back seat of their car and called an ambulance.
The child was taken to hospital and is now under constant medical monitoring, say local media.
Police officer Maksim Kravchuk told: ”We looked into the woman’s bag and saw the newborn inside.
”We put the child into our car while we were waiting for an ambulance.
”The mother behaved aggressively toward us.”
Explaining herself to cops, the mother said ‘she put the baby into her bag because she did not have a pram’.
The woman, who has six children, also said ‘she recently came to Kyiv from the city of Odessa hoping to find a job’.
She faces a fine for not fulfilling parental duties, police said.