An abandoned newborn baby is recovering in hospital after having her throat cut, being put in a plastic bag and thrown into a garbage bin in China’s Liaoning province.
The female baby – so newborn that her placenta and umbilical cord were still attached – was discovered by a man who was searching a bin for recyclables.
Local residents called police and the tiny girl was taken to hospital, where she remains in a critical condition.
Recovering: The premature baby was found in a bin, with placenta and umbilical cord still attached, in Anshan city in northeast China
A resident who witnessed the girl being taken to hospital said: ‘She was still breathing and had a heartbeat. Blood from the wound stained the whole body.’
Doctors worked to close a two-inch wound across her neck, so deep that it went down to her windpipe.
A doctor at the hospital said that had the cut been any deeper at all ‘she would have died instantly’.
The girl was found in Anshan city, in northeast China.
She is believed to be a victim of the country’s notorious one child policy – and seems to confirm the long-held belief that parents upon which this restriction is imposed prefer boys.
Infanticide of ‘guilt children’ is still a problem in rural areas but it is rare in cities, where children are usually abandoned but not killed.
The baby’s fate has horrified China. The girl, who is yet to be named, was spotted when a collectibles scavenger saw what he thought was a dead baby in a bag.
He told police that the child was purple and had not moved until he examined the bag more closely – not convinced that it was a real baby.
Doctors said that baby had been born premature and was probably between 32 and 34 weeks old, weighing just three pounds. Medics said that once the baby had recovered it would be put in a children’s home.