A middle-aged woman has been arrested for allegedly throwing her one day old infant into a soak away pit shortly after delivering her at home.

Juliana James, an indigene of Shendan Local Government Area of Plateau State, said she did that because of hardship.

The housewife who lives with her husband James and her six children-five girls and a boy in a one room apartment – claimed that things were so rough for her family that she decided that the way out was to sacrifice the new born.

The baby girl was, however, rescued alive after neighbours heard her cry.

She was taken to the Abubakar Tafawa University Teaching hospital where she is currently receiving medical attention.

Juliana was subsequently arrested by the police and is currently being remanded at the police station

The Commissioner of police Zaki Ahmed who paraded the suspect for child abandonment along with other suspects, said the case was being investigated while the rescued baby was be handled to social welfare officials after she has been certified healthy.