Valencia, Eastern Cape -

An Eastern Cape baby boy was found abandoned in the veld near Valencia in Addo on Wednesday morning, police said.

“Thorne Booysen, 14, and a friend went to fetch wood in the bush when they heard a baby crying. They followed the sound and discovered the child,” Lt-Col Priscilla Naidu said.

“The infant, believed to be a few hours old, was wrapped in a woman's dress and a T-shirt... The placenta and umbilical cord were still attached to the child.”

Naidu said the teenagers took the baby to the police. He was then taken to Sunday's Valley Hospital.

Police opened a case of attempted murder and child abandonment. - Sapa