The baby in China was saved by a sanitation worker who saw the mother throwing the bag. When queried by the cleaner, the mother said she was discarding 'a dead dog'.
A newborn baby has been saved in China after being put into a plastic bag and thrown into a public bin by his mother.
The woman abandoned the boy in a rubbish recycling station outside her dormitory right after giving birth to him in the bathroom, according to police.
A sanitation worker found the woman's behaviour suspicious and queried her about the content in her bag. The mother, wearing pyjamas, told the cleaner 'it was a dead dog', reported local media.
The baby boy was abandoned by his mother in rubbish recycling station (pictured) in Xiamen, China. She had just given birth to her son in the bathroom of her dorm, according to police
The boy (pictured) is healthy and being looked after by Xiamen Social Welfare Institute
The child was later found covered in blood with his umbilical cord still attached by the sanitation worker who went to check the plastic bag after the woman left, reported Xiamen Radio and Television Group.
The incident reportedly took place in a residential complex in the city of Xiamen last Friday night.
Speaking to a reporter, the sanitation worker said she found the baby five minutes before she was due to finish her shift. She was making sure all rubbish was classified according to the rules.
The sanitation worker took the baby home and called the police.
The boy was then taken to the hospital and found to be healthy by doctors. He was then taken to the Xiamen Social Welfare Institute to be looked after.
The mother was detained by police yesterday.
The sanitation worker (pictured) said the mother told her she was discarding 'a dead dog'
She said she was a migrant worker. She admitted to abandoning her son, but claimed that she had no other way but to do so.
She said she did not know that she had got pregnant until she went into labour in the bathroom.
The woman, understood to be a single mother, told police she was not capable of raising the child, therefore she thought of throwing him away.
The case is under further investigation.
It remains unclear if the mother will face any formal charges.
Under the Chinese criminal law, any parents who desert their children can be imprisoned for up to five years.
However in reality few of them are given punishment by the police due to a lack of law enforcement.
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