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Turns out the mother of the Chinese newborn who was rescued from toilet pipes earlier this week was present during the entire ordeal.
According to Chron, the woman was at the scene of the two-hour rescue, but didn't fess up until police confronted her and asked her to undergo a medical checkup.
The woman told police she could not afford an abortion and secretly delivered the child Saturday afternoon in the toilet. She said she tried to catch the baby but he slipped into the sewer line and that she alerted her landlord of the trapped baby after she could not pull the child out, the state-run, Jinhua-based Zhezhong News said.
The state-run, Hangzhou-based newspaper Dushikuaibao said police became suspicious when they found baby toys and blood-stained toilet paper in the 22-year-old woman's rented room in the building where the rescue occurred.
Apparently, the woman is a high school graduate who works at a restaurant in the Zheijiand province city of Jinhua. According to Zhezhong News:
She said she became pregnant after a one-night stand with a man who later denied any responsibility. The woman did not reveal the pregnancy to her parents. She also said she wanted to raise the child but had no idea how to do it, according to local reports.
Baby No. 59, named after the incubator he is recovering in, had a low heart rate and some minor abrasions on his head and limbs, but was mostly unhurt, according to local reports. The placenta was still attached.
We've heard the stories of women flushing their newborn babies down toilets because they don't want them, but never have we seen anything like this.
Firefighters in eastern China rescued a baby boy lodged in a sewage pipe after his parents decided to abandon him...and flush him down the toilet.
The baby got stuck right below the toilet commode and residents in the building started hearing his cries coming from the pipes. Eventually, they called the police.
Firefighters had to remove the pipe and take it to a nearby hospital, where doctors carefully cut around it to rescue the baby boy inside, the report said.
The child is in a stable condition and the police are looking for his parents, state television added.
In China, there are frequent reports in media of babies being abandoned; a problem attributed variously to young mothers unaware they were pregnant, the birth of an unwanted girl in a society which puts greater value on boys, or China's strict family planning rules.