30 May 2013

China baby's toilet fall judged an accident

1:09 pm on 30 May 2013

Officials in the Chinese city of Jinhua say the fall of a newborn baby into a toilet pipe was accidental and his mother won't be prosecuted.

They say the 22-year-old unmarried woman had kept her pregnancy secret and gave birth unexpectedly when she went to the lavatory on Saturday, AFP reports.

The baby boy was stuck in a pipe just 10 centimetres in diameter for two to three hours, and suffered some cuts to his face and limbs.

He has been put in an incubator at the Pujiang People's Hospital, where nurses dubbed him "Baby No 59" after the machine's number, and is doing well.

Police say the mother is in a serious condition due to complications from the delivery, while the baby's father is being sought.