Newborn Chinese baby survives being left overnight in rubbish bin by mother who ‘thought he was stillborn’
A newborn Chinese baby boy survived being left in a plastic bag and dumped in a street rubbish bin overnight by his mother, who claimed she believed the child was stillborn, mainland media reports.
A street cleaner found the baby, who was cold and shivering, after hearing his weak cries on Tuesday morning last week in Yantai, Shandong province, Qilu Evening News reported.
Doctors at a nearby hospital examined the baby, who weighed about 3kg, and found that he was healthy and had survived without suffering any harm.
The unnamed mother, 32, who gave birth to the baby on Monday last week, later visited a hospital in Yantai’s Laishan district.
She told the newspaper she had left the baby in the rubbish container because she thought he was stillborn.
She said the baby had not stirred inside her womb for more than a month before the birth.
After the baby was born he had not cried at all, so she had placed the child inside a plastic bag and left him in the rubbish container, she said.
The mother said she would have to put the child up for adoption as she could not afford to bring up her new baby.
She said she did not have a current partner and that her former boyfriend had broken off all contact with her after she fell pregnant and had refused to help share responsibility for the child.
The mother, who had moved to Yantai from Heilongjiang to find work in 2014, also said she already had one child aged 10 years old, from her previous marriage.