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Baby rescued from toilet and sent home with grandparents

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
May 30th, 2013
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The Chinese baby boy who was flushed down the toilet in a public lavatory is being sent home with his grandparents, officials say. The child's mother remains at the hospital, and has not been formally charged.

LOS ANGELES, CA Catholic online) - The newborn baby was found alive inside a toilet pipe in Jinhua, China. The child's mother has been cooperating with the investigation, Xiang Jiangsong, a police official says. The police are labeling the case an "accident" at this time.

A dramatic video showing the infant's rescue went viral on the Internet. Unable to pull the infant out, rescuers went to the floor below and sawed away a section of pipe.

Still trapped, the section of pipe and the infant were taken to a hospital. Working together, rescuers and doctors began removing the pipe, piece by piece. Hands in white gloves gingerly pulled away a part of the pipe, revealing the tiny face of a newborn.

Referred to as "Baby 59," the child is now drinking formula. Rescuers involved in the effort have visited the baby at the hospital and sent clothes, formula powder and diapers.

The mother has not yet been identified. Police says she is 22 years of age - and authorities say they believe her account of how the baby ended up in the pipe.

"That day she felt stomachaches," Jiang Song, the vice director of police says. "So she went to the toilet. It was actually close to her due date and the baby just slid out."

The woman told police that she did not intend for the child to fall into the toilet, and that she tried to retrieve the baby with a stick, and then decided to flush the toilet to clear away the blood.

A police officer in Pujiang County told reporters that the unmarried woman broke up with her boyfriend six months ago. The young woman was embarrassed to have a child as a single woman and felt nervous, so after the baby fell in the toilet, she called her landlord and told him that she'd heard crying.

The landlord saw the baby and called police, and the woman later begged police not to tell her story to anyone, including her parents, because she didn't want public attention, according to the officer.

The mother's parents have agreed to help the mother take care of the baby, and police have identified a man they believe is the father. The police are conducting blood tests to confirm paternity.

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