A seven-month-old Thai baby who was found buried in a shallow grave after being stabbed 14 times in February survived and is now being adopted by a Swedish family.
Police believe that Aidin was abused by his 42-year-old mother, who now faces an attempted murder charge, the Daily Mail reported.
Aidin was discovered by Kachit Krongyut, a cattle herder in the province of Khon Kaen. She was on her way to feed her cattle some grass when she heard someone cry out and then noticed a patch of ground that had been recently dug up.
The grave in which Aidin lay was approximately eight inches deep. When Krongyut scraped at the soil with her hands, a foot appeared out of the ground.
“At first, I thought someone buried their pets alive, but then I saw a foot,” she said, according to the Mail. “I tried to control myself and called for help. The baby was buried with its face facing down.”
Kachit’s husband, Pornchai, noticed footsteps and motorbike tracks leading away from the scene and this helped police track down the mother, Coconuts Bangkok reported.
“He is very lucky. A few hours later and he might not have survived,” Pornchai said, according to the Mail.
Doctors who treated Aidin in the hospital said that the weight of soil on his body probably saved his life because it stopped him from bleeding to death. They also said there were signs of abuse on his body, including bruises.
He was subsequently cared for at a local orphanage.
“We're very happy that he will be going to a good home and [will] have a comfortable life,” said Supachai Pathimchart, a worker at the orphanage.
He explained that background checks on Aidin's new parents had been carried out.
Pathimchart added, “He survived a very bad experience but he has a lot of character and he's happy with life.”