BEIJING (AP) — Chinese state media say police have rescued a newborn baby who was stuck face down in a public toilet in Beijing. She is in stable condition at a hospital in the capital.
The Beijing Times reported that police went to the public toilet Sunday after receiving a report of baby cries. It says police saw the child’s feet in the toilet pipe and that a policeman slid his hand into the pipe to gently pull her out.
Qian Feng, the police officer who rescued the baby, told the newspaper: “The baby’s head was pointing downwards and her whole body had already fallen into the drain. We could only see the baby’s feet from the side.”
The police station responsible for the rescue confirmed it Tuesday after it was reported by the newspaper, which said police were trying to identify the baby girl’s parents.
Because blood was found at the scene, authorities believe the baby’s mother abandoned her immediately after giving birth. Hospital officials confirmed that the baby is in a stable condition after her ordeal.
Unmarried Chinese mothers may abandon newborns because of social stigma associated with out-of-wedlock births. Sometimes parents discard children born with defects.
An estimated 10,000 children are abandoned each year in China.