A disturbing video shows a “weird” and “aggressive” mum carrying her one-week-old baby in a plastic bag.
The unnamed woman, 29, was stopped by horrified passers-by after she said she was taking her newborn boy “for a walk”, Mirror Online reports.
Footage recorded by an onlooker in Kyiv, Ukraine, shows police officers stopping the mum and then pulling the baby out of her bag.
”Leave him alone. He is alive. He is fine,” the defensive mum tells the cops.
In the background, witnesses express serious concerns about the child’s well-being, commenting that he is overdressed for the hot weather and probably can’t breathe properly.
”He could suffocate in the bag,” a woman says.
Meanwhile, a second person comments: ”The child is wrapped in a winter jacket. He is all wet.”
The temperature was 30С at the time, according to local media.
Police officers put the baby in the back seat of their car and called an ambulance.
The child was taken to a hospital and is now under constant medical monitoring, local media reports.
Shocked witnesses said the mum was walking along the street and “singing a lullaby to her bag”.
One person 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.”
Police officer Maksim Kravchuk told local news: ”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 mum 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.