Police in the US Virgin Islands on Tuesday caught a woman driving with her newborn baby zipped up in her handbag

According to a statement from the state police,  the woman was caught when an officer asked her to pull over for driving a pick-up van during routine traffic hours. It was while checking the woman’s licence that the officer heard a baby crying but could not see a baby seat in the vehicle.

The Woman then allegedly unzipped her handbag which was on the seat next to her and revealed the tiny newborn baby. Police say the woman told them that the baby girl was born at home a week ago and had no prenatal care. She was apparently driving the baby to a doctor.

Authorities rushed the newborn to hospital. The mother may face criminal charges. Her name and age were not disclosed.