|Abandoned: A Beijing police officer pulls the newborn baby out of the toilet where she had been abandoned|
Heartbreaking photographs capture the moment a newborn baby was rescued from inside a Beijing public toilet after her mother gave birth and walked away. The child became stuck, head-first, down the pipe of the toilet, and was discovered by the police after members of the public called them to say they could hear a baby crying.
Pictures show a traumatized police officer lifting the tiny infant to safety from the toilet in the floor.
|Tragic: The baby was stuck head-first in the toilet, and was only rescued because members of the public heard her crying. Police are now looking for her mother, who police think gave birth in the toilet before walking away|
A search has now been launched the girl's mother, who police believe gave birth in the toilet after they discovered blood around the bowl before leaving her child. After she was rescued the baby was taken to a Beijing hospital, but did not appear to have any injuries.
Chinese babies born out of wedlock are sometimes abandoned because of social and financial pressures. The country's one-child policy can also mean heavy fines for couples who have more than one baby.
- Daily Mail