Rustenburg - A baby was found dumped in a rubbish bin in Olievenhoutbosch near Pretoria, paramedics said on Sunday.

Netcare 911 spokesperson Nick Dollman said paramedics were called to the police station to care for the newborn baby that appeared to be experiencing difficulty in breathing on Saturday.

"Reports from the scene indicate that the baby had been found in a rubbish bin by a passer-by. He then took the baby to a nearby church where the baby was wrapped in a blanket and they were driven to the local SA Police Service station. It appeared that the baby had been dumped in the bin some time during the night. The little boy was still attached to the placenta." 

An advanced life support paramedic attended and treated the baby for hypothermia. The baby was stabilised and then transported to hospital for further assessment and care, he said.