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Officials: Baby Rescued from Toilet Sewer Was an 'Accident'

Photodisc/Thinkstock(BEIJING) -- Chinese police have found the mother of the newborn who was rescued from a sewage pipe and, according to reports, will not press charges against her, calling the toilet birth an accident.

The unmarried mother, 22,  had kept her pregnancy a secret and said she gave birth unexpectedly while over a toilet Saturday, Agence France-Presse reported.

Authorities did not reveal the mother’s identity.

The state-run, Hangzhou-based tabloid DuShiKuaiBao reported that the mother was on the scene for the entire rescue that was all captured on video. She confessed to have given birth to the child -- now known as Baby 59, after the hospital incubator in which he is recovering -- only when police confronted her.

Authorities discovered baby toys and blood-stained toilet paper in her rented room in the building where Baby 59 was rescued.

A separate state-run news source, Jinhua-based Zhezong News, reported that the mother is a high school graduate and restaurant worker who said she became pregnant after a one-night stand. She apparently could not afford an abortion, which is widely available in China, so she tried to hide the pregnancy from her parents.

While delivering the baby in the building’s communal toilet, the woman said, she tried to catch the baby but he slipped through the hole of the squat commode. Baby 59 was discovered with his umbilical cord and placenta still attached, according to Zhezong News.

The woman said she alerted her landlord of the trapped baby after she could not pull the child out, Zhezhong News said.

“Our investigations showed it was an accident,” a local police officer who declined to be named told the AFP.

Baby 59′s mother remains in serious condition as a result of complications from delivering the baby herself. The baby, despite his ordeal, is reportedly healthy and recovering in incubator No. 59, AFP reported.

It’s unclear whether the mother will be able to keep the child.

While sex remains taboo as a topic of discussion between generations, there is an increasing lax attitude toward it among the so-called post-90s generation (those born after 1990). In a survey conducted by China’s prestigious Tsinghua University last year, results showed that more than 70 percent of China’s young adults have had pre-marital sex.

Unwanted pregnancies among young adults are increasingly prevalent in China because there is no sex education offered in Chinese schools, let alone any talk of contraception.

A 2010 government report issued by a working committee under the Chinese State Council reported that only 4.4 percent of unmarried young people have proper knowledge of sex.  On top of that, only 14.4 percent of that sample knew anything about AIDS prevention.

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Newborn Rescued from Toilet Pipe in China

Photodisc/Thinkstock(BEIJING) -- Dramatic and graphic video emerged over the weekend from China showing a newborn baby boy being rescued from a sewage pipe.

The 5-pound infant was discovered by residents in Jinhua, in the eastern province of Zhejiang, when they heard cries coming out of a fourth floor squat toilet in a local apartment building.

When the firefighters arrived on the scene they discovered a two-day-old baby lodged in the piping below the toilet.  After attempts to pull the baby out of the toilet failed, the rescuers resorted to sawing off a whole section of piping containing the baby and brought it to the neighboring hospital.

The video shows firefighters and doctors taking apart the sewer pipe piece by piece under the newborn was finally revealed from inside. State media reports said that the boy’s umbilical cord and placenta was still attached at the time.

“Fortunately the baby survived. But the person [who abandoned him] is still suspected of attempted murder,” an unidentified police officer told the state media on Police were looking for the parents of the baby boy.

The incident has conjured up intense emotions on Chinese social media especially after the news this weekend of separate newborn discovered in a dumpster in Hebei province. That newborn did not survive.

Posting on China’s Twitter-like microblogging platform, Sina Weibo, user @bhdrswxjs wrote: “This should be sentenced to death, they are killing their own baby. This is not the only abandoned baby case I saw in the past ten days, one threw in dumpster and died; the other one was fleshed into toilet, those are not actions human beings should do.”

Another user, @Anandeshouxin added: “This little boy survived, he will do great in the future. The parents will never have a good life. I don’t even know how to curse them when seeing this shocking news.”

In March China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs released data indicating there are 9,394 orphans and abandoned babies across China being cared for by non-government affiliated agencies. This figure obviously does not include the babies who did not make it.

The Chinese-language newsweekly MinSheng reported last year that 100,000 babies are estimated to have been abandoned each year in China. That’s over 250 babies abandoned every day.

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Kate Middleton, Prince William Expecting Baby in July

Danny Martindale/WireImage(LONDON) -- Prince William and Kate Middleton will be welcoming their first baby this summer, Prince Charles' official London residence announced on Monday.

In a statement, Clarence House said, "Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to confirm they are expecting a baby in July."

The statement continued, "The Duchess's condition continues to improve since her stay in hospital last month."

Middleton spent four days at London's King Edward VII Hospital in December to be treated for hyperemesis gravidarum, or acute morning sickness.  St. James' Palace announced her pregnancy on Dec. 3, the same day she was hospitalized.

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Golden Eagle Snatches Baby, Students Claim Credit for Viral Video

LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images(MONTREAL) -- The viral debate over whether a YouTube video showing an eagle swooping down and picking up a baby was real or fake ended Wednesday when a group of students claimed credit for the digital mastery.

Four students in the 3D animation and digital design program at the National Animation and Design Centre, or Centre NAD, in Montreal, created the video, the school said in a blog post on its website Wednesday.

The school spoke out after the video went viral, garnering more than 2 million views and 11,000 comments since it was uploaded by the four students on Tuesday.

“When we saw the reach that the video had received and all the questions that it had triggered, it seemed obvious to us that we had to take ownership of it, if only to show how realistic 3D animation can be,” Claude Arsenault, a public relations manager for the university told ABC News Wednesday.

The 59-second clip — in which a baby is snatched up by the eagle in a park and then dropped back to the ground a few feet away, as an adult runs to help — took the four students behind it nearly 400 hours to create.  The eagle and the baby were created using 3D animation and then added into the film, Arsenault said.

The university, which provides bachelor’s and master’s degrees in 3D animation and digital design, also responded to concerns for the baby’s welfare by headlining today’s post, “Centre NAD reassures Montrealers: no danger of being snatched by a royal eagle.”

Last December, students in the same production simulation workshop class as the four students behind the eagle prank —  Normand Archambault, Antoine Seigle, Loïc Mireault and Félix Marquis-Poulin — released a video of a penguin escaping the Montreal Biodôme, according to the school.  That video garnered more than 30,000 views on YouTube.

“The goal in that class is to push 3D animation to its limits and to show how believable 3D animation can be as well,” Arsenault said.

“I think that they achieved that,” she said of the four students behind the eagle hoax.  “The video and all of the comments and all of the questions it triggered speaks for itself.”

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Trinidad Baby Recovering After Father Bites Her Face, Leg

ABC News(PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad) -- A baby girl is recovering in a hospital on the Caribbean island of Trinidad after police say her father bit off chunks of flesh from her face and leg when he couldn't find food in the family's home.

Jermour Noel, 24, the child's father, has been charged with wounding with intent against a child.  Noel appeared in court on Wednesday in connection with the charge, but had to be whisked away earlier than usual because other prisoners being held in the court's holding bay threatened to end Noel's life, officials said.

"We couldn't keep him in the cells.  Those prisoners in there would kill him if they only got their hands on him," one Court and Process officer told the Trinidad Express newspaper.

According to police sources, Noel arrived at his Port of Spain home on Sunday and went in search of food.  When he couldn't find anything to eat, Noel reportedly got into a dispute with the child's mother, Tineka Henry, and that's when police say he went into a fit of rage, grabbing the 5-day-old child and allegedly biting into her cheek and leg.

The child was then rushed to a local hospital, where she underwent surgery and remains warded in stable condition as she continues to recover from the attack.

Meanwhile, Noel was not granted bail and was taken to a psychiatric hospital where he will undergo a mental evaluation.  He is due back in court later this month.

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Baby Born During Flight from Ukraine to Russia

David De Lossy/Digital Vision(MOSCOW) -- A Russian woman gave birth aboard an Aeroflot flight from Simferopol, Ukraine to Moscow on Tuesday, according a statement released by the airline.

The woman was in her 30th week of pregnancy with her third child when she went into premature labor about 25 minutes after takeoff.

With the help of four flight attendants and a nurse who happened to be a passenger, the woman delivered her baby girl in mid-flight, according to Aeroflot.

The Moscow Times quoted a passenger saying the new baby was not breathing at first, but eventually let out a weak cry as someone massaged her chest.

The plane made an emergency landing in Kharkiv, Ukraine, where the mother and baby were whisked to the hospital by ambulance. Both are reported in good condition.

The airline said the last time someone gave birth on an Aeroflot flight was on Sept. 14, 2005, when a Russian woman went into labor aboard a flight from Los Angeles to Moscow.

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Afghan Baby Found Beside Road Gets a Family

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- A newborn girl left abandoned on the side of the road in southern Afghanistan has been adopted by a childless Afghan couple.

“We have named her Arya [which means happiness], and we will take care of her forever,” the adoptive father, Mohammad Zahir, a 29-year-old shopkeeper from Ghazni, Afghanistan, said on Thursday.  “She has completely changed our lives.  We are so happy.  The whole family has been supportive of our decision.”

Zahir has been married for four years, but he and wife Fatima have been unsuccessful in their attempts to have children. After a visit to a Ghazni hospital, however, he and his wife have their family.

“A man, Mohammad Zahir, contacted us and asked if his family could take care of the baby,” Baz Mohammad Himat, director of health in Ghazni, said. “They promised to take care of her for the rest of their lives."

“This family was on a waiting list with this hospital for any unwanted baby,” Himat said.

The baby was discovered last week by Polish soldiers, who initially named her Pola after Poland.

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Egyptian Couple Arrested for Smuggling Baby in Luggage

Thomas Northcut/Thinkstock(SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates) -- An Egyptian couple’s attempt to sneak their infant son past airport security and into the United Arab Emirates ended in their arrest after the baby was discovered stuffed inside their carry-on bag.

The couple, who have not been named, were told Saturday by customs officials at the Sharjah International Airport that they could not enter the UAE yet because they did not have a visa for their son, according to a report on

The parents, said to be in their mid-30s, then zipped the boy, described in reports as between 5 months and 1 years old, inside a carry-on bag and got in a line for security anyhow.  Carry-on luggage is typically scanned at airports in the UAE on arrival.

Their plan was halted by a shocked security official who spotted the baby in the bag as it went through the X-ray scanner.

“When customs officials saw the baby inside the bag at the X-ray scanner, they were stunned,” a police official told Gulf News.  “This machine is very dangerous for anyone, let alone a baby in a bag to pass through.”

The couple was arrested at the scene and charged with endangering the life of the child and infiltration, according to Sun News.  The couple admitted to the act under police interrogation, saying they attempted to sneak their son through inside a bag because they “wanted to have him with them in the UAE,” a Sharjah police spokesperson told the paper.

The couple, according to Al Arabiya, had traveled to Egypt so their son could be born there, but then wanted to return to the UAE, where they had previously resided illegally.

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Inquest Rules Australian Woman's Baby Was Stolen by Dingo

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(SYDNEY) -- "Maybe the dingo ate your baby" is one of the more famous lines delivered by Julia Louis-Dreyfus' character Elaine in the sitcom Seinfeld, referencing the 1988 movie A Cry in the Dark.

It turned out the movie was based on a real-life case in Australia of Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton, whose 9-month-old daughter was snatched from a campsite in the outback by a dingo in 1980.

In spite of an inquest agreeing with the couple's account, suspicion immediately fell on Chamberlain-Creighton and her now ex-husband, Michael Chamberlain, that they were trying to cover up a murder.

Chamberlain-Creighton was later convicted of killing her daughter, Azaria, and Chamberlain was found guilty of being an accessory, but the verdicts were eventually overturned.

While people still had their doubts about the couple's story, the results of a fourth coroner's inquest revealed Tuesday concluded that the baby was indeed taken by a wild dog.  The ruling was bolstered by three fatal attacks on children since Azaria was taken from the campsite.

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Argentina: Grieving Parents Find Baby Alive in Morgue

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Five doctors at Perrando Hospital in northern Argentina have been suspended for declaring a baby stillborn, nailing her inside a coffin and placing her in a refrigerated room at the hospital morgue for 12 hours, Argentine media reported.

The child, who was named Luz Milagros, or "Light Miracle," was found inside a coffin at the hospital in Chacho, a half day after her April 3 birth.

"We were told that the baby had hypothermia and that this may have weakened her heartbeat, which would have been accentuated because [her] heart rate was already low before birth," the baby's father, Fabian Veron, 31, told local newspaper Clarín.

The baby's mother, Analia Bouter, 29, who has four boys, said she never had a chance to say goodbye to her first daughter, since she'd been sedated during the birth, which came three months premature.

The grieving mother and father visited the hospital morgue 12 hours later. The couple was led into a refrigerated room and shown a tiny coffin that was nailed shut.

"[My husband] used a lever and opened the coffin," Bouter told the local newspaper, Diario, in Chaco.

The mother, expecting to find closure, instead came face-to-face with her daughter, who was wrapped in a white blanket and looked as though she was just waking up, said the mother. The baby stretched and let out a cry.

The mother of five said she fell to her knees.

"This is a message ... a miracle," she told Diario.

Rafael Sabatinelli, the undersecretary of health for Argentina's Chaco province, told the news site Chaco Día Por Día that his office had opened an investigation into the matter.

"Every member of the team that was involved has some responsibility, so they will have to answer for this," he said.

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