Abandoned Baby’s Body Recovered From Sewage Tank, Officials Seek Mother

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 21, 2013   |   12:39PM   |   Montreal, Canada

City workers in Montreal, Canada are scrambling to find the mother of a baby who was abandoned and recovered from a sewage tank. The story recalls the painful details of a child rescued from a sewage pipe in China.

So far officials do not know the age of the child in question, who was found by city employees working in the treatment plant Thursday morning in St-Lin-Laurentides, which is 45 minutes north of the city.

The Canadian Sun News Network has more details:

Police said Friday that they believe the body was flushed down the toilet, and investigators are looking for the mother. While detectives want the woman to be treated, there’s also the possibility that criminal charges could be laid depending on the age of the baby.

Provincial police Sgt. Gino Pare says the results of an autopsy will be used to determine if charges will be laid.

“We have to see among other things, if (the child) was viable or not,” he said. “For now, what’s important for now is mainly to find the mother to give her help. She’s really someone who needs help.”



Pare said the body was found in a settling basin, which is the final destination for solid waste from the local sewer system.

“It passed through the sewers, he passed through the pipes, the toilet,” Pare said. “It arrived from the toilet to a water treatment plant.”

“(Employees) were shocked, they were surprised, they were floored by this, obviously. They stopped their work right away and called the police.”