Mother Who Couldn’t Afford Abortion Flushes Newborn Baby Down Toilet

International   Steven Ertelt   Jun 24, 2013   |   11:56AM    Alicante, Spain

A mother in Spain who could not afford an abortion flushed her newborn infant, who still had his umbilical cord attached, down the toilet.

According to news reports, the two-day-old baby was rescued from a shaft in a block of apartments in a Spanish town. A neighbor heard the baby crying and thought it was a cat and asked officials to come search for a trapped animal.

As the London Daily Mail reports, the baby suffered a broken arm and other injuries but they are not thought to be life-threatening.

The baby, weighing 4lb 8oz, was wrapped inside a plastic bag that had a hole in it to let him breathe.

Spanish police say they believe the child may have been abandoned at birth, spending nearly 40 hours in the drain before he was rescued. He was taken to hospital with injuries including a broken arm.

His condition last night  was described as serious but not life-threatening. His mother, who is 26, was arrested in  the hospital to which she had been admitted on Friday after telling doctors she had had  a miscarriage.

She was escorted back to the flat yesterday afternoon by police for a scene-of-crime inspection. She has reportedly confessed to officers, saying she did not have enough money for an abortion.

One neighbour said: ‘I thought it was a cat that was trapped and the baby’s crying was the meowing. The noise went on for ages so I called the police.

‘One of the firefighters saw one of his tiny feet and realised it wasn’t a cat but a child.’

Police were called at around 2am yesterday morning to the flat in the working-class Alicante neighbourhood of Virgen del Carmen.

The mother and her baby, who is being looked after in the city’s general hospital post-natal intensive care unit, have not been named.

There has been a rash of abandoned babies recently. Last week, workers at a garbage facility’s recycling plant found a dead baby on a conveyer belt.

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In China, the mother of the baby who has made international headlines after he was rescued from a toilet sewage pipe says the incident was an accident. She also claims she wanted an abortion but was unable to afford one. She was a victim of China’s forced-abortion one-child policy.

City workers in Montreal, Canada are scrambling to find the mother of a baby who was abandoned and recovered from a sewage tank.