Does this shocking CCTV really show a young mother giving birth as she walks along Turkish street… and then abandoning her newborn baby on the ground?
It seems impossible to believe, but CCTV footage has emerged which appears to show a woman giving birth as she walks down the street.
The teenager is seen moving awkwardly along a darkened pavement with her parents on either side when the baby girl tumbles on to the floor.
The three show little reaction as they stare briefly at the newborn before walking away.
Confusing situation: This CCTV footage shows a teenage mother walking with her parents along a street in Istanbul (above) shortly before appearing to give birth to a baby which drops on to the pavement (down)
Before long, the infant is spotted by passersby who gather round apparently unable to believe that a baby has been abandoned on the street.
One witness can be seen calling emergency services and police and an ambulance are soon on the scene.
Despite the traumatic circumstances, the baby survived and was later named Ecem Ahu by hospital staff.
There has been fierce debate in the Turkish media and online about whether the woman actually did give birth as she walked down the street.
According to Hurriyet Daily News, the teenager is said to have told police that she did deliver her baby in the street.
During questioning, she reportedly said: ‘Something fell from me. I thought it was a blood clot. I didn’t know it was the baby.’
Distressing: Neighbours take a closer look at the baby, who was later taken to hospital alive and well
Keeping her warm: Police wrap the infant in a blanket before being taken to hospital, where she was reportedly named Ecem Ahu
Her parents also allegedly said they did not know their daughter was pregnant.
But hospital staff said the newborn was found with her umbilical cord tied up, which suggested it had been born earlier.
Police also claimed that the lack of reaction by the mother and her parents in the video suggests the presence of the baby was not a shock.
It is not clear whether any action has been taken against any of the parties involved.
The incident is said to have happened in Bağcılar, a working-class suburban district of Istanbul, mostly populated with poor, struggling families.