I lav my baby: Anguish of loo-flush mum who says boy fell in pipe by accident
THE mum of a two-day-old baby cut free from a sewage pipe has told of her deep regret but insisted she did not flush him down a toilet deliberately.
The tiny boy was released from hospital this morning into the care of his grandparents.
The 22-year-old woman told cops she gave birth unexpectedly after rushing to the loo with stomach pains.
She said the 5lb lad then fell into the filthy, 4in-wide pipe as she tried to stem her blood flow.
The unmarried mum had been trying to have the child in secret because she could not afford an abortion, police revealed.
Cops also revealed they have tracked down a man believed to be the baby’s father - but he has requested a paternity test.
Firefighters saved the boy by cutting out part of the pipe and taking it to hospital so it could be prised open with saws and pliers.
The mum watched the dramatic two-hour rescue footage of which has been beamed all over the world in a state of shock and did not admit giving birth until quizzed by police later.
An investigation is continuing but sources said the mum was unlikely to face prosecution. Yesterday she was in a serious condition due to complications from the delivery. Cops in Jinhau, eastern China, were still seeking the babys dad.
An officer said: This lady deeply regrets what she did.
It is thought she tried to hide her pregnancy by tightly wrapping her bump and wearing loose clothes. Couples in Chinese towns and cities are fined if they have more than one child, under population control measures.
But she panicked when she was overwhelmed by labour pains. The officer added: She tried to grab something to help herself because there was too much blood.
She couldnt hold the baby any more and he slid into the sewage through the hole of the toilet. During questioning by police, the mother claimed she called her landlord saying she had heard cries under her flat.
Doctors who chipped away at the piece of piping found the baby still with his umbilical cord and placenta attached.
The boy nicknamed Baby 59 after his incubator number in hospital suffered cuts to his limbs and face. But he was well enough to take several milk feeds and sleep for a few hours yesterday.
Wu Xinhong, head of the Pujiang Peoples Hospital, said the infant was ready to be released last night. He said: His condition is good, but his relatives have not come to pick him up yet.