Bei­jing po­lice save in­fant girl from a pipe in a public toi­let

The China Post - - LIFE GUIDE POST -

A Bei­jing po­lice­man res­cued a new­born baby who was stuck face-down in a public toi­let, reach­ing his arm down into the pipe to gen­tly pull out the in­fant, po­lice and re­ports said Tues­day.

The baby girl was in sta­ble con­di­tion at a hos­pi­tal in the Chi­nese city, and author­i­ties were try­ing to iden­tify her par­ents and find out how she ended up in the toi­let, po­lice and Bei­jing Tele­vi­sion said.

The lo­cal broad­caster aired a video taken by po­lice of the res­cue Sun­day by Of­fi­cer Qian Feng fol­low­ing re­ports of cries in a public re­stroom in a Bei­jing al­ley.

“I am prob­a­bly the first one to hold this child,” Qian told the TV sta­tion in a later in­ter­view.

Un­mar­ried moth­ers in main­land China some­times aban­don new­borns be­cause of so­cial stigma as­so­ci­ated with out-of-wed­lock births. Some­times par­ents also dis­card chil­dren born with de­fects.

In 2013, res­cuers in the eastern province of Zhe­jiang gingerly cut open a sewer pipe to save a baby boy, who his mother said ac­ci­den­tally slipped into the toi­let where she de­liv­ered the child. Lo­cal media re­ports said the woman be­came preg­nant af­ter a onenight stand but hid the preg­nancy from her par­ents. She later ad­mit­ted to po­lice she was the mother.

On Sun­day, po­lice spot­ted the child’s feet in the toi­let pipe and called for help from fire­fight­ers, but be­fore they could ar­rive, Qian got down on the ground to pull the baby out, the TV sta­tion re­ported.

Quot­ing neigh­bors, po­lice and med­i­cal staff, the TV re­port said a woman may have given birth to the 2-kilo­gram baby di­rectly into the toi­let and left with­out the child, whose um­bil­i­cal cord was pulled off, in­stead of cut off.

Bei­jing po­lice con­firmed the re­port but gave few de­tails on their of­fi­cial mi­croblog. They said the in­fant did not ap­pear to have any phys­i­cal de­fects.

Med­i­cal staff told the tele­vi­sion sta­tion that the baby had in­fec­tions but oth­er­wise was do­ing fine.

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