Chinese baby, rescued from toilet, is released to grandparents
By Ashley Fantz and Ed Payne
(CNN) — A newborn baby boy who was found alive inside a toilet pipe in Jinhua, China, has been released from a hospital and taken home by his maternal grandparents, police said. The child’s mother is still being treated at the hospital, but has been cooperating with the investigation, Xiang Jiangsong, a police official, said Thursday.
The police are labeling the case an “accident” at this time, and no charges have been filed against the mother.
Dramatic video of the infant’s rescue made global headlines and sparked reactions worldwide.
Unable to pull the infant out, rescuers went to a floor below the toilet and sawed away a section of pipe to gain access from there.
Still unable to extract the infant, rescuers detached the section of pipe with the infant inside and took it to the hospital.
Working together, rescuers and doctors used pliers and gingerly tore away bits of the pipe.
CCTV video showed the exact moment hands in white gloves gingerly pulled away a part of the pipe to reveal the newborn’s face.
The infant, a boy referred to as “Baby 59,” was drinking formula, doctors said.
Police said firefighters and other rescuers involved visited the baby at the hospital and sent clothes, formula powder and diapers.
The mother’s account
The mother of the infant is not being identified, but local police say she is 22.
Police say that, so far, they believe her account of how the baby ended up in the pipe.
“That day she felt stomachaches,” said Jiang Song, the vice director of police. “So she went to the toilet. It was actually close to her due date and the baby just slid out.”
Police questioned the woman, who told them that she did not intend for the child to fall into the toilet, according to a local TV channel that was posted on the official police Weibo account.
The police said she tried to retrieve the baby with a stick, then decided to flush the toilet to clear away the blood.
CNN’s Dayu Zhang and journalist Lilian Wu contributed to this report