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Mum 'left baby in bag under bush for three days as she visited friend'

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A teenage mother is facing an attempted murder charge as US prosecutors claim she left her baby in a plastic bag under a bush while she visited friends on a weekend break.

The BBC report on the incident, which was sparked when two sisters discovered the eight-month old on Tuesday in a town on the border of New York and Pennsylvania.

According to reports, the baby girl was found sun burned and with maggots crawling all over her.

Allegedly the 17-year-old mother abandoned the baby at around noon on Saturday. On Tuesday, two sisters heard some noises and then spotted a white plastic bag under a bush near a neighbour's house.

"My sister came out off the porch and went to the side to the backyard of my neighbour's house with a stick, thinking it was a dog," Karen Seals told local television station WENY.

"Her legs were just dangling in the bag," Kayla Seals added. "Her head was in the bag. Her whole head was covered all the way down."

The sisters called the police and cleaned the infant.

"She had maggots on her neck, itching, just crawling on her," Kayla added.

"She had scars on her chest down... her legs was burnt, her arms were burnt, she couldn't breathe. She was trying to gasp for air."

The mother has been arrested and is due before the courts on Monday.

The baby is in hospital in a stable condition.