Mother of baby found in sewer says lover abandoned her

London, May 29 (IANS) The 22-year-old mother of the baby found trapped in a sewer pipe in China says she became pregnant following a one-night stand, and the father of the baby abandoned her and she could not afford an abortion.

The woman – who was not named – said she could not cope with the stigma of being a single mother, the Daily Mail reported.

Chinese media said she went to the bathroom in a residential complex when she felt abdominal cramps, and gave birth.

But she said the baby slipped into the sewer pipe and she was unable to free him.

She also claimed she was the first to raise the alarm and then watched the entire two-hour rescue in secret.

“The girl told the landlord she had heard a ‘kitten-like’ sound in the fourth-floor toilet. The landlord called the police and fire fighters for help,” an investigating police officer in the eastern Chinese city of Jinhua told the Daily Mail.

Police are investigating if her version was true or if the baby was dumped intentionally into the sewer pipe.

The woman, a restaurant worker, reportedly confessed to being the mother after officers found blood-stained tissues in her room and asked her to undergo a medical check.

“The woman said she felt too embarrassed to call the police herself as a single mother and feeling under societal pressure. Girls like her can are easy targets for public criticism,” the police officer told the daily.

The woman said she had sex with a man, who has denied it is his baby.

She was too scared to tell her parents so hid her pregnancy by wearing loose clothes and wrapping cloth tightly around her abdomen.

The baby has been named “Baby No 59”, after his incubator number in the hospital where he is being kept.

Fire fighters were called to the building to rescue the baby, trapped in the pipe attached to a toilet. They removed the pipe from the ceiling using pliers and saws. Fearing they may harm the baby, they took him to hospital still trapped in the pipe, and doctors then carefully cut him free.

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