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No charge against mother of baby in sewer

30 May 2013, 09:21

Beijing — Authorities have concluded that a newborn rescued from a sewer pipe in eastern China became trapped because of an accident, and that the mother faces no charges even though she didn't claim the baby until confronted by police two days later, a local official said on Thursday.

The baby's stunning, two-hour rescue from a pipe underneath a squat toilet in Pujiang county prompted both horror and an outpouring of charity on behalf of the boy, who has since been taken away from a hospital by the unwed mother and a man believed to be the father.

The man has requested a paternity test and — if the baby is his — is ready to discuss with the woman how to support the child, an official at the Pujiang county propaganda office in Zhejiang province said on Thursday. It was not clear if the couple would raise the child together. Officials have not publicly released the names of either of the two adults.

The case has raised discussion of China's lack of proper education about sex and birthing in many schools. Unwanted pregnancies have been on the rise because of an increasingly lax attitude toward pre-marital sex.

Police concluded that the 22-year-old single woman did not initially step forward because she was frightened, but that she gradually had a change of heart and began to tell the truth, said the official, who did not give his name, as is customary among low-ranking Chinese bureaucrats.

The woman told police she got pregnant after a brief affair with the man, hid her pregnancy from family and neighbours, and secretly delivered the child on Saturday in a rental building's restroom. She said the infant accidentally slipped into the squat toilet and she raised the alarm. Yet, she did not initially claim the child was hers.

Firefighters who arrived at the rental building found the infant trapped in an L-shaped section of sewage pipe just below the squat toilet in one of the building's shared restrooms.

In video footage, officials were shown removing the pipe from a ceiling that apparently was just below the restroom and then, at the hospital, using pliers and saws to gently pull apart the pipe, which was about 10cm in diameter.

The baby, who weighed 2.8kg, had a low heart rate and some minor abrasions on his head and limbs, but was mostly unhurt, according to local reports. The placenta was still attached.

- AP

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