Mother of Baby Rescued in Sewage Pipe Gave Birth in Toilet, Won’t be Prosecuted

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 29, 2013   |   12:05PM   |   Washington, DC

The mother of the baby who has made international headlines after he was rescued from a toilet sewage pipe now says the incident was an accident. She also claims she wanted an abortion but was unable to afford one.

This comes from a new Agence France-Presse report:

The fall of a newborn baby into a toilet pipe in China was accidental and his mother will not be prosecuted, local officials said Wednesday, adding the boy is healthy.

The mother, 22 and unmarried, had kept her pregnancy secret and gave birth unexpectedly when she went to the lavatory on Saturday.

The newborn fell into the squat toilet and became stuck in the tube, police in Jinhua in the eastern province of Zhejiang said earlier.

“Our investigations showed it was an accident,” a local police officer who declined to be named told AFP, and confirmed the mother will not be prosecuted. She refused to give further details.

The head of the hospital, Wu Xinhong, said the infant was healthy and ready to be released.

“His condition is good but his relatives have not come to pick him up yet,” he told AFP.

Police have said the mother was in serious condition due to complications from the delivery, while authorities were still looking for the baby’s father.



The abandoned baby who was rescued this past weekend from a sewage pipe in China is being nursed back to health in a local hospital.

Firefighters in an eastern Chinese province rescued a an apparently-abandoned newborn infant from a sewage pipe after neighbors reported hearing crying. Officials in China’s Zhejiang Province rescued the infant on Saturday afternoon.

Reports from Chinese media indicated the baby was found in the toilet sewage pipe in a residential building in the city of Jinhua after residents on the fourth floor called the fire department with reports of a baby crying.