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A newborn baby boy lodged in a sewage pipe directly beneath a toilet has been rescued by firefighters in eastern China. Police are treating the case as attempted homicide and are looking for his parents. It has sparked anger on social media sites.
China's state broadcaster CCTV said the abandoned infant was found in the sewage pipe in a residential building in Jinhua in the wealthy coastal province of Zhejiang. The two-day-old boy was discovered after residents of the building reported the sound of a baby crying, state television said. Firefighters had to remove the pipe, reported to be 10cm (three inches) in diameter, and take it to a nearby hospital, where doctors carefully cut around it to rescue the baby inside, the report said.
They spent nearly an hour taking the tube apart piece by piece with pliers and saws and finally recovered the 5lb (2.3kg) boy, whose placenta was still attached. State-run news site Zhejiang News said the child - named Baby No 59 from the number of his incubator - is safe and in a stable condition. Video footage of the rescue was broadcast nationally overnight.
The news triggered hundreds of thousands of comments on China's hugely popular Weibo service, which is similar to Twitter, with users expressing good wishes for the baby and fury at those who presumably abandoned him.