Baby found in sewer pipe goes home to grandparents
A Chinese baby rescued from a sewage pipe after falling down the lavatory has been collected from hospital by his family after authorities decided he had become trapped by accident.
Baby 59, a newborn baby from the eastern province of Zhejiang, was found on Saturday lodged in a drain underneath a communal lavatory.
Following a dramatic rescue operation that lasted nearly two hours and was captured on camera, the baby was freed.
The boy was named Baby 59 after its incubator in Zhejiang's Pujiang People's Hospital.
Yesterday morning, a hospital official who declined to be named said the child had been released. "The family came yesterday, accompanied by county public security officers, and took away the baby," he said.
State media reported that the boy had been released from the hospital into the custody of his maternal grandparents.
The man believed to be his father has requested a paternity test and – if the baby is his – is ready to discuss with the unmarried 22-year-old mother how to support the child, an official in Zhejiang province said.
The names of the two adults have not been released.
On Wednesday it emerged the mother had told police the baby had "accidentally" slipped into the lavatory after she secretly gave birth inside a communal lavatory in the building where she lived in the city of Jinhua.
The woman said she had concealed her pregnancy after the father, with whom she had had a one-night stand, refused to offer her support.
The state-run 'Global Times' newspaper claimed the mother would "probably not face charges". "According to the results of the investigation, and her explanation of what happened, we won't charge her," said Xiang Jiangsong, a police official.
A source said that the woman did not initially step forward because she was frightened, and that she had a gradual change of heart and began to tell the truth. (© Daily Telegraph, London)