Courier dis­cov­ers new­born girl in par­cel sent to wel­fare house

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By HU MEIDONG in Fuzhou humei­dong@chi­nadaily.com.cn

A woman has been held by po­lice on sus­pi­cion of aban­don­ing her child by us­ing a courier ser­vice to send the new­born to a lo­cal chil­dren’s home, ac­cord­ing to po­lice in Fuzhou, Fu­jian province.

The woman, iden­ti­fied by po­lice only as Luo, is said to have packed up her new­born baby girl in plas­tic bags, put it in a cloth bag, and called a de­liv­ery ser­vice on Wed­nes­day, say­ing she wanted to send some­thing to the Fuzhou chil­dren’s home.

When the courier re­quested to see what was in­side the par­cel, she re­fused to open the pack­age for in­spec­tion.

On his way, the courier heard a cry­ing sound from the bag, which he had hung from his han­dle­bars, and opened it to find a baby with her um­bil­i­cal cord still at­tached.

The courier called po­lice for help, and passers-by who saw him stand­ing with a baby of­fered as­sis­tance. Pic­tures posted on­line showed the baby girl be­ing held in a woman’s arms, with her lips moist­ened by a cot­ton swab to pro­tect her from sun­stroke in the 37 C heat.

The baby was soon sent to the Jin’an district hos­pi­tal, where she had her cord cut and went through health check­ups. Doc­tors said the baby is out of dan­ger and her vi­tal signs re­main sta­ble. She has been trans­ferred to the pe­di­atrics depart­ment.

Lo­cal res­i­dents have sent di­a­pers and baby for­mula to the hos­pi­tal.

Po­lice said the 24-year-old woman is from Sichuan province, and the baby’s fa­ther is un­known.

Luo was quoted by fj­daily. com, the news por­tal by Fu­jian Daily, say­ing that she did so be­cause she thought she couldn’t raise the child on her own and that it could get bet­ter care at a wel­fare house.

She has lost con­tact with the baby’s fa­ther and her fam­ily knew nothing about it, she said.

The story made head­lines na­tion­wide, with many ne­ti­zens crit­i­ciz­ing the young woman for putting the baby through such an or­deal, ar­gu­ing that the baby could have died on such a hot day while

be­ing wrapped in sev­eral lay­ers of plas­tic.

Wu Ming’an, an as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor of crim­i­nal law at China Univer­sity of Po­lit­i­cal Science and Law, said that the woman is al­leged to have vi­o­lated the crim­i­nal law.

“She is sus­pected of in­fring­ing on the baby’s per­sonal rights, be­cause the baby’s life was threat­ened af­ter be­ing wrapped up,” Wu said.

Cheng Si con­trib­uted to this story.

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