A baby was pulled alive from the shallow grave his mother had left him to die in three days previously.
The boy was discovered after staff at the timber factory where his mother works heard him crying.
The mother had left the baby in a makeshift grave near the factory in the town of Paddock, in KwaZulu-Natal Province, eastern South Africa.
Her colleagues found the boy under some sand and timber she had taken from the factory.
The 25-year-old woman from the town of Izingolweni in KwaZulu-Natal’s Ugu District admitted to police what she had done.
Captain Gerald Mfeka said: "They searched and found him hidden underneath some timber, covered in sand.
"On hearing the commotion, the mother confessed that the child was hers. Her explanation was that she was afraid of her parents.
"This was her second child, the elder one being four years old, and she felt her parents would not approve of another baby."
The baby was placed in an intensive care unit at the nearby Port Shepstone Regional Hospital.
His mother was reportedly also taken there, though it was not clear why. She was released from the hospital and it was not reported what charges she faces or whether she will be reunited with her baby.