Newborn Baby Rescued From Sewage Pipe, Neighbors Hear Screaming

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 18, 2014   |   12:22PM   |   Washington, DC

A newborn Chinese girl is alive after being rescued Sunday from a sewer pipe in a college dormitory after neighbors heard screaming and crying.

Emergency officials were called to the scene at Linyi University after the baby’s screams were heard near a toilet. According ot multiple news reports, the newborn baby had to be cut from the pipe because firefighters could not reach her from the toilet. She was taken to Fei Xian People’s Hospital in stable condition.

china13As of Wednesday the baby’s condition was not clear and police did not release any more information about the case. But hospital staff did confirm the mother, a student at the university, was at the hospital until Wednesday, according to NBC News.

Reports say the mother gave birth on Sunday.

The report comes a year after firefighters in an eastern Chinese province rescued a an apparently-abandoned newborn infant from a sewage pipe after neighbors reported hearing crying. 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.

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Baby abandonment cases have been blamed on China’s one-child-policy, implemented decades ago to tackle its growing population, but which as resutled in large numbers of forced abortions, sex-selection abortions and which has depleted China’s population of girls.