In no circumstance would this be justified but it might be easier to understand if this baby had been discarded by a single mom, possibly a teenager. However, suspicions are rife that he was flushed down the toilet by his parents.
China and many Asian countries place a particularly high premium on sons so why this baby was discarded remains a mystery for now. It was obviously not yet his time to die as the baby has not only survived the ordeal but is in stable condition after receiving immediate medical attention.
By JAMES NYE
Firefighters in eastern China have rescued an abandoned newborn baby boy lodged in a sewage pipe.
The infant was stuck in a pipe directly beneath a toilet commode, state television reported, in a case which has sparked anger on social media sites.
There are frequent reports in Chinese media of babies being abandoned, often shortly after birth.
The problem is attributed variously to young mothers unaware they were pregnant, the birth of an unwanted girl in a society which puts greater value on boys or China’s strict family planning rules.
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In the latest case the infant was found in the sewage pipe in a residential building in Jinhua in the wealthy coastal province of Zhejiang on Saturday afternoon after residents reported the sound of a baby crying, state television said late on Monday.
Firefighters had to remove the pipe and take it to a nearby hospital, where doctors carefully cut around it to rescue the baby boy inside, the report said.
The child is in a stable condition and the police are looking for his parents, state television added.
The case has been widely discussed on China’s Twitter-like service Sina Weibo due to the graphic nature of the footage, with calls for the parents to be severely punished.
‘The parents who did this have hearts even filthier than that sewage pipe,’ wrote one user.
Culled from dailymail.co.uk