A woman from Namahadi was emptying her dustbin in the field on Tuesday morning, when she noticed something shaking in a plastic bag.
She went to investigate and found a new born baby with its umbilical cord still intact.
The police and emergency services were summoned to the scene and the baby was rushed to Mafube District Hospital for further treatment.
SAPS said in a statement, “the mother and or the person responsible for this deed is not yet known but police are investigating a case of child neglect and attempted murder”.
“Any person with information with regard to the suspect can contact Lieutenant Master Motsoeneng of Mafube Family, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit on 079 889 6096″.