On Monday the world was shocked when images of a newborn being rescued from a sewage pipe made the front page on most news media sites.
Over the weekend the tiny baby boy, with his umbilical cord and placenta still attached, was found stuck in the sewage pipe beneath the toilet commode , in a residential building in Jinhua, Zhejiang province. Residents alerted the fire department when they heard the sounds of the baby crying.
According to the reports, fire fighters had to remove the entire pipe and take it to the hospital where it was cut and the baby was removed from inside.
But where was this baby’s mom?
China’s Qianjiang Evening News paper reported today that the unidentified 22-year-old woman has come forward and is saying that her baby slipped from her hands after the delivery and down the toilet drain.
Unplanned, the woman told police she had gotten pregnant after a one-night stand.
She also revealed that she could not afford an abortion and hid her pregnancy from neighbors by tying strips of cloth around her stomach and wearing baggy clothes.
When she went into labour on Sunday she reportedly went to the fourth-floor public bathroom in the apartment building where she lived and delivered her baby.
‘Not wanting her child, but unwilling to leave him to die in the drain, she notified a neighbor of sounds coming from the pipes, who then called police to investigate.’
The baby, who has been named ‘baby 59’, is in stable condition, with a good prognosis good despite heavy bruising to his legs, arms and head.
Initially the case was being treated as an attempted murder investigation, but now that the mother has come forward there is no word whether she will be charged.
She is also receiving care at the same hospital as her son.
‘The mother is sick with a high fever. Her parents are now with her at the hospital. Who will care for the baby has yet to be decided,’ said the police officer.