Newborn baby fell into sewage pipe and got trapped for two more hours; mother remained silent

May 30, 2013Jing GaoOne Comment

From Qianjiang Evening Post

A newborn in Eastern China magically survived after being flushed down the toilet sewage pipe and trapped there for two hours.

The baby boy was first discovered in a sordid public restroom inside an apartment building in Jinhua, Zhejiang province on the morning of May 25. A female renter heard the baby cry and thought that was a cat. She immediately informed the landlord and called the police.

(*Graphic warning* You may find some of the following pictures disturbing.)


When the local firefighters arrived, they found the cry came from the sewage pipe. They first sawed away the U-shaped section of the pipe in which the baby was stuck and then carefully cut open the pipe in order to free him. The entire process took over 2 hours.

The 4,600-gram (10 lbs. 2 oz) infant is now being treated at a local hospital and cared for by nurses. Because his incubator number is 59, nurses call him “Baby No.59”.

The female renter who alarmed the police later turned out to be the mother of the baby. On May 27, the mother, who had kept silent throughout the rescue effort, was questioned by the police. At first she denied any relationship with the baby. But later she conceded the baby is hers.

The 22-year-old unmarried mother, who was not identified by the police, claimed she felt severe pains in her stomach and subsequently gave birth to her son in the squat toilet. It directly fell into the pipe through the hole of the toilet.

“I tried to get (the baby) out with my hand and even tried with the mop. But it didn’t work,” she reportedly told the police. She said she flushed the toilet to clean off the blood. The investigators say so far they don’t have enough evidence to determine if it was a pure accident or willful abandonment.


Close-up of the squat toilet where the baby was stuck.


Firefighters severed the U-shaped section of the pipe with a saw. 


Firefighters removed the section of the pipe containing the infant.


The medical team carefully sliced open the pipe. 


The body of the newborn was revealed. 


The newborn was finally rescued from the pipe where he had been trapped for more than two hours. 


The baby’s cries gripped everyone’s heart. 


Now Baby No. 59‘s condition has stabilized despite multiple cuts and bruises he sustained. 



Source: Qianjiang Evening Post

Selected comments from Sina Weibo: (2,036 comments so far)

北京丑男:Does she have a heart? Accident? Ask anyone that has given birth to a child. Does any of them believe this was an accident?

gaoossss:The baby will surely feel terrible after growing up, knowing his mother tried to abandon him. If you don’t want to raise him, give him up for adoption or send him to a foster home. What you did was murder! You didn’t expect the miracle to happen, did you? A baby flushed down the sewage pipe has been rescued! Baby, be sure to grow up healthy! Bless you![心]

汪星人多多:If you really don’t want to raise him, just let others adopt him or send him to a foster home. Or at the very least put him at others’ doorsteps. Don’t just drop it into the toilet. How is it different from premeditated murder? And it is your own kid we are talking about.

Cherie香港代購:My heart is so harrowed as I look at this kid. Tens of thousands of grass mud horses (slang for ‘f**k your mother’) are running on my mind.[怒][怒][怒]

刘佳欣1:This reminds me of Perfume: the Story of A Murder. This baby will definitely become a big shot after surviving such a disaster!

麦慧慧的麦田:The mother explained it with glum understatement. It is very unlikely that it was merely an accident. Besides, why would a mother be so careless about her child’s life or death? If you didn’t want him, why gave birth to him?

不做困兽YaoyaoLin:A sin committed by a brain-dead. The poor innocent creature will be traumatized after he grows up and learns of the disturbing images of him right after birth.

奔跑中地Queen:The father is even more despicable. He vanished after seeding.

尘蓝梦希:Where is the father? Women should really learn to protect themselves. Self-esteem and self-respect is very important. Be independent rather dependent on anyone. Or else, not only you will be a victim, your innocent baby will fall a victim as well. How cruel!

白白白小胖儿:The baby was so fortunate and blessed! What goes around will come around. If I am qualified, I am willing to adopt him.

1 comment to “Newborn baby fell into sewage pipe and got trapped for two more hours; mother remained silent”

  1. nsun | June 3, 2013 | Permalink Reply

    بسم اللَّهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيمِ
    وَ لا تَقْتُلُوا أَوْلادَکُمْ خَشْيَةَ إِمْلاقٍ نَحْنُ نَرْزُقُهُمْ وَ إِيَّاکُمْ إِنَّ قَتْلَهُمْ کانَ خِطْأً کَبِيراً « سوره الاسراء آیه 31 »
    به نام خداوند بخشنده بخشايشگر
    و فرزندانتان را از ترس فقر، نکشيد؛ ما آنها و شما را روزي مي‏دهيم؛ مسلما کشتن آنها گناه بزرگي است!
    In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
    And do not kill your children for fear of poverty; We give them sustenance and yourselves (too); surely to kill them is a great wrong . ( Quran –Al-Isra-31 )

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