A college student in China is under investigation after she allegedly dropped her newborn baby out of a dormitory window, killing the infant.
Authorities said students at Xi’an Engineering College in China saw something being dropped from an upper story dormitory window earlier this month, and another student found the baby’s body in an alley next to the female dormitory, the Daily Mail reports.
The mother is believed to be a 19-year-old student at the college who is studying to be a kindergarten teacher, according to the report. Her name has not yet been released.
Authorities said the student could face criminal charges if the baby was alive before being dropped out the window. The baby’s sex is not identified in reports.
Here’s more from the report:
According to Kan Kan News, the incident was found out by a student as large amount of blood was seen at the alley next to’s female dormitory.
‘The baby was wrapped by a blanket and thrown from the fourth floor during recess time. There were also a lot of bloodied tissues,’ said a girl living in the dorm.
One of her teachers said the teen was a good student who never skipped class.
The case is eerily similar to another incident in Thailand earlier this fall. In that case, Netchanok Nokyungtong, 20, allegedly threw her newborn son out of a 17th floor window after the baby’s father abandoned them.
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The United States does not keep statistics about the number of babies saved through safe haven laws, but experts have estimated the number to be in the thousands. Between 2004 and 2011, about 50 infants in Texas alone were surrendered under its safe haven law, according to the Dallas Morning News.
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