Chinese Woman Gives Birth in the Middle of the Road, Then Abandons Her Baby

International   |   Sarah Zagorski   |   Oct 12, 2015   |   9:35AM   |   Beijing, China

In China, a baby died after its mother gave birth in the middle of a road and abandoned it in the bushes. The Daily Mail reports that the woman appeared to be in her early twenties and allegedly fled the scene with a man on a scooter. The incident occurred on October 5th, in the city of Shijiazhuang, which is located in central China.

An eyewitness claimed that the woman crouched down in the middle of a cycle lane and gave birth. Initially, she thought the woman was sick, but then she saw a baby’s head coming out between her legs. Another witness said the woman considered putting her baby down a drain before leaving.

The woman has not been identified and the sex of her baby has not been released. The man who picked her up was apparently with her during the entire labor. Tragically, by the time police arrived the baby had died. Authorities believe the young woman was only five or six months pregnant and gave birth prematurely; however, it is currently unknown if the baby was born alive.

Unfortunately, incidents like this are not uncommon in China because of the country’s strict one child policy. In fact, LifeNews has shared countless stories of infant abandonment and killings in China. For example, in 2014, we shared a story about a baby surviving being flushed down a toilet after people heard him crying and came to his rescue.

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In that case, a firefighter named Li Zhi rescued the baby. He said, “It was really a race against time because somebody could have flushed something down the sewer again at any stage, or the baby might have turned over and ended up face first in the filthy water and drowned. But we didn’t want to smash the pipe because we thought that might also hurt or even kill the baby.”

Then, in August, a baby was rescued from the inside of a public toilet after her mother gave birth and abandoned her in the city of Beijing. Police discovered the infant when members of the public called to say that they could hear a baby crying. Miraculously, the child survived even though she was found stuck, head-first down the pipe of the toilet.

The local police chief, Qian Feng, explained, “Her head was upside down and her body was falling into the drain. We could only vaguely see her feet from the side. She just kept crying. I looked again, and thought we should try to pull her out even if the possibility might be slim.”

Last month, China marked 35-years of the one-child family planning policy that has resulted in massive human rights abuses, including forced abortions and coercive sterilizations. The policy has also resulted in infanticide, late-term abortions and infant abandonment cases.