May 29th, 2013
10:59 PM ET

Mom says baby in toilet was an accident

A mother in China tells police she tried to save her newborn baby after he got stuck in a sewage pipe. The dramatic rescue of the baby boy was caught on video last Saturday.

Tenants in the apartment building called law enforcement after they heard quiet cries and saw a small foot in the opening of a toilet pipe.

Rescuers feared harming the baby and couldn't pull him free at first, so they sawed off a section of the pipe containing the baby and brought it to a hospital in Jinhua.

The 22-year-old mother, who police are not identifying, says the baby just slid into the toilet. According to authorities, she flushed the toilet to clear the blood, but didn't intend for her son to go into the pipe.

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  1. Kim Posekany

    Anderson and others don't seem to realize what a "squat toilet" is. I've traveled in China, and I've used them. There is no seat. There is no flushing. You squat over a hole in the floor. It goes down the pipe. End of story. This woman wasn't using one of our Western-style toilets.

    June 3, 2013 at 1:55 am |
  2. Pat Martin

    Anderson-RE: the Chinese baby in the sewer, he was not "flushed down the toilet." In China and other Asian countries, the "toilet" is nothing but a hole in the floor. The baby slipped out and down that hole!

    May 30, 2013 at 6:02 pm |