Chinese Baby In Sewage Pipe Rescued: Watch Rescue of Newborn Abandoned in Jinhua Apartment Building [VIDEO]
A baby in China was rescued from a sewage pipe after neighbors heard the infant's cries coming from a toilet.
When firefights in Jinhua, in the eastern province of Zhejiang, were called to the apartment building where the 5-pound baby was stuck, they attempted to pull the infant out from the toilet. When that didn't work, they sawed off the section of piping with the baby boy in it. Removing the piping piece by piece, the rescuers uncovered the two-day old baby over the course of two hours. The baby still had his placenta and umbilical cord attached.
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The baby was taken to the hospital, where he has been dubbed Baby No. 59, from the number of his incubator. He is in stable condition, but has severe bruising.
There are conflicting reports about the baby's parents' whereabouts. Some sources are saying that police are treating this incident as an attempted homicide, and are looking for the baby's parents.
But according to BBC, a police officer in Jinhua told France's Agence France-Presse that the baby's mother was there at the rescue scene.
"The woman was on the scene during the entire rescue process...and admitted [she was the mother] when we asked her," he told AFP.
The officer also stated that the mother had hidden her pregnancy, and that the baby fell into the toilet when she unexpectedly gave birth.
Before deciding whether to file charges, according to the officer, police were still investigating whether the mother "had any malicious intentions."
This is the second recent incident of a newborn baby, apparently abandoned, being rescued in China. Last Wednesday, in Heibi, near Beijing, a newborn was found in a garbage can with his umbilical cord still attached. The baby died at the hospital, and the parents haven't yet been found.
The abandoning of infants in China is a phenomenon that some link to the country's family planning policy. Under the one-child policy, which has been in effect since 1979, families who have more than one child are penalized. Wealthy families are able to pay the fines and have more children, whereas the poor sometimes resort to drastic measures. The U.S. State Department and Amnesty International have declared that China's one-child policy leads to infanticide.
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