Chinese baby found fit and well in dumpster after being abandoned by her teenage mother

  • Street cleaner makes shocking discovery after hearing muffled cries coming from garbage bin
  • Infant had rolls of tissue paper in her mouth, which her mother said was so she didn’t make too much noise
PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 21 November, 2018, 8:17pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 21 November, 2018, 8:52pm

A teenager from southern China who abandoned her newborn daughter in a dumpster has been detained pending a police investigation, according to a local newspaper report.

The baby was discovered on Friday by a street cleaner who heard her muffled cries while working in an industrial area of Baoan district in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, Shenzhen Special Zone Daily reported on Wednesday.

The child was found wrapped in a plastic bag and with balls of tissue paper stuffed in her mouth, the report said. Her 17-year-old mother later admitted to using the tissues to muffle the baby’s cries and avoid detection, it said.

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The cleaner was quoted as saying she went to investigate after hearing a noise like a kitten mewing coming from the bin. When it became clear she had found a baby a crowd of people quickly gathered and someone called the emergency services, the report said.

Despite her ordeal, a doctor who arrived at the scene gave the infant a clean bill of health.

After studying footage from surveillance cameras in the area, police were able to identify the mother as a worker at a local factory.

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The teenager was not named, but the report said she was not married and had given birth to the child in her works dormitory before leaving her in the dumpster.

A security guard at the factory said the young woman had only started working there six days earlier.

The report did not say who was now looking after the child or whether she would be reunited with her mother.