Mother Wraps Newborn in Plastic Bag, Abandons Baby in Large Metal Box

June 20, 2019 Updated: June 21, 2019

Warning: This report contains disturbing images.

A newborn child was found wrapped in old clothing, inside a plastic bag, and discarded outside a housing complex in China, according to the Sichuan News Channel. The child survived and was taken to a local pediatric hospital.

The woman suspected of discarding the baby may also be the mother, as medical staff said the newborn was less than a day old when he was found on June 16.

She was seen carrying the bag on security cameras.

The baby was found inside a large metal box, which is used for donating clothes and other items.

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The newborn, skin still bluish. (User: Red Star News/Weibo.com)

Residents at the housing complex in Chengdu City, Sichuan Province said the child was on the verge of death, and that the person who threw the child inside the box was heartless.

The reports did not say if the local police had begun an investigation.

Newborn Abandoned in Box

According to time stamps on the security camera footage, the baby was left abandoned in the donation box just after 8:00 a.m. on June 16.

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The woman carrying the bag in her right hand. (Sichuan News Channel)

A woman can be seen carrying the bag in which the baby was found, walking toward the area with the donation box. However, the box happens to be out of view from the security cameras.

Moments later, she is seen walking away without the bag.

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The woman walking away without the bag. (Sichuan News Channel)

The child was pale, turning blue, and on the verge of suffocating, according to the Sichuan News.

The donation boxes do not have specific pick-up times—it just happened that the truck arrived about two hours after the child was abandoned inside, right before 10:30 a.m.

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The donation box. (Sichuan News Channel)

“His whole body was blue, he was about to die,” an unnamed resident told Sichuan News. The man said that after opening the bag and letting the child breathe, his body started to regain color.

“If they were late by another 30 minutes to pick up the clothing, the child would have definitely died.”

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The abandoned child. (Sichuan News Channel)

“If you can’t raise [him], you can give [him] to someone else,” a female resident told the Sichuan News. “This person is too heartless, people condemn this behavior!”

After paramedics arrived on the scene, they determined that the child was born that day, according to the Sichuan News Channel. A pediatrician at the hospital said that the newborn is in stable condition.

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Residents standing outside near the box where the child was found. (Sichuan News Channel)

There were no reports of a police investigation.

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