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China police save baby girl from public toilet pipe

Chinese police have rescued a newborn baby who was stuck face down in a public toilet in Beijing.

The baby girl is in stable condition at a hospital in the capital.

The police station responsible for the rescue confirmed the story after it was reported by the Beijing Times, which said officers are trying to identify the girl's parents.

Unmarried Chinese mothers may abandon newborns because of social stigma associated with out-of-wedlock births. Sometimes parents discard children born with defects.

The newspaper said police went to the public toilet on Sunday after receiving a report of baby cries.

It said police saw the child's feet in the toilet pipe and that a policeman pulled her out.

Beijing police said the infant did not appear to have any physical defects.

In 2013, rescuers in the eastern Chinese province of Zhejiang gingerly cut open a sewer pipe to save a baby boy, who his mother said accidentally slipped into the toilet where she delivered him.

Local media reports said the woman became pregnant after a one-night stand but hid the pregnancy from her parents. She later admitted to police she was the mother.

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