Mother charged after baby left in drain for five days
UPDATE: A woman has been charged with attempted murder after a newborn baby was found in a drain in Sydney's west on Sunday.
About 7.30am, cyclists riding along a bike track beside the M7 at Quakers Hill heard a baby crying from underneath a drain.
The group worked together to lift the top off the drain - which is about 2.5 metres deep - and saw the baby boy lying at the bottom.
Emergency services were alerted and officers from Quakers Hill Local Area Command attended and removed the boy from the drain.
The baby, believed to be seven days old, was taken to the Children's Hospital at Westmead where he remains in a serious but stable condition.
Police conducted extensive inquiries, including hospital record checks and doorknocks, in an attempt to locate the child's mother.
About 2pm on Sunday, a 30-year-old woman was arrested after attending Blacktown Police Station.
The Quakers Hills woman has since been charged with attempted murder and was refused bail to appear at Blacktown Local Court on Monday.
Police will allege the baby, believed to have been born on Monday, was placed into the drain last Tuesday.