[QODLink]
Asia-Pacific

Rescued baby returned to mother in China

Police accept mother's explanation that she had accidentally dropped him into a toilet after giving birth.

Last Modified: 30 May 2013 13:40
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback

A Chinese mother has been reunited with her infant son after police accepted her explanation that she dropped him into a toilet accidentally immediately after giving birth, a police officer in the eastern province of Zhejiang has said.

The newborn child was rescued by firefighters on Saturday from a sewage pipe under a communal toilet in an apartment block.

"It has been defined as an accident," the police officer at the Punan station in Zhejiang's Pujiang county, told the DPA news agency by telephone when asked about the case on Thursday.

State media said the unidentified 22-year-old woman became pregnant after a one-night stand.

The mother told police she kept her pregnancy secret because she could not afford an abortion and the father refused to help her, reports said.

Firefighters and doctors spent nearly an hour taking the tube apart piece by piece with pliers and saws and finally recovered the newborn, whose placenta was still attached, the report said.

From the time he was found to when he was taken out, the baby was stuck in the tube for at least two hours, it added.

After state television showed footage of doctors cutting the boy from the sewage pipe, many online commentators called for the parents to be punished, while some offered to adopt the boy.

216

Source:
Agencies
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Topics in this article
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
An innovative rehabilitation programme offers Danish fighters in Syria an escape route and help without prosecution.
Street tension between radical Muslims and Holland's hard right rises, as Islamic State anxiety grows.
Take an immersive look at the challenges facing the war-torn country as US troops begin their withdrawal.
Ministers and MPs caught on camera sleeping through important speeches have sparked criticism that they are not working.
Featured
Anti-government secrecy organisation struggling for relevance without Julian Assange at the helm.
After decades of overfishing, Japan is taking aim at increasing the number of bluefin tuna in the ocean.
Chinese scientists are designing a particle-smashing collider so massive it could encircle a city.
Critics say the government is going full-steam ahead on economic recovery at the expense of human rights.
Spirits are high in Scotland's 'Whisky Capital of the World' with one distillery thirsty for independence.
join our mailing list