A new-born baby buried alive, allegedly by its mother, has been rescued hours later in Honiara.
The baby was born early yesterday morning but was saved by Frank Misi as he headed to the shops about 6.30am, the Solomons Star reported.
He and a friend followed blood on the track.
"I was curious and wanted to find out so I trailed the blood," he told the paper. The pair then discovered a recently dug pit.
"An old vehicle tyre was also placed on top of the fresh pit. I took a spade, removed the tyre and started digging," he said.
"It was a barbaric and cruel scene. I found a little hand popping out from the shallow grave.
"The innocent infant stuck the hand out as if it was begging to live."
He yelled out that the baby was alive.
"She was a beautiful, innocent, strong girl."
She was rushed to Honiara's National Referral Hospital (NRH) for emergency care.
A nurse at the hospital said it was a miracle the girl survived the grave.
"She was lucky to be alive, maybe because of the position she was placed in the pit when buried, the umbilical cord was still attached which helped her maintain strength, and the timely discovery.
Police confirmed they took the suspected mother for further medical examination and said she would face charges.
The baby weighed 2.5kg and was healthy.