Mother of newborn found in sewer pipe says he ‘slipped’

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Jinhua, CHINA — The mother of a five-pound Chinese newborn that was found in a sewer pipe below a squat toilet has come forward.

Police say the 22-year-old woman said the whole thing was an accident. According to police, the woman was unmarried and chose to keep her pregnancy secret. On Saturday the woman said she unexpectedly gave birth. The woman told police she delivered the child in the toilet and tried to catch the baby, but he slipped through the hole in the squat toilet.

The woman said she tried to pull the baby out, but when he slipped into the sewer line she alerted her landlord. She watched as crews worked to rescue the baby, but did not identify herself as the mother until police confronted her after finding baby toys and blood-stained toilet paper in her apartment.

Firefighters had to cut the 10-cm sewer line with the baby still inside. The infant and the pipe were taken to a nearby hospital where doctors worked gingerly to remove him. He remains in the hospital and has been named him 59 after the number on his incubator.

After media reports circulated online, an outpouring of both horror and love came from people all across the globe. According to, people who heard about the infant went to the hospital with diapers, baby clothes and offers to adopt him.

The unmarried woman told police she kept her pregnancy secret by wearing loose clothes and tightly wrapping her abdomen. Police said she expressed concern for the child during the rescue and later said she wanted to raise the child but didn’t know how.

It’s unclear at this time who will gain custody of the boy.

See graphic video of newborn’s rescue:

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