A newborn girl has been rescued in China after being dumped next to a public bin, reportedly with her umbilical cord still attached.
Police footage shows the baby’s father, 24-year-old Mr Zhang, walking towards the rubbish station while carrying the baby in his arms in the early hours.
Mr Zhang and his wife, 21-year-old Ms Li, have been taken into police custody after admitting to deserting their daughter.
The child was discovered next to a waste collection point in a residential compound in Dongguan, southern China’s Guangdong Province, on the morning of July 29.
Eyewitnesses told news outlet The Paper that the girl was still connected to her umbilical cord when she was discovered.
The girl was taken to the hospital and found to be healthy. She was sent to the Dongguan Social Welfare Centre to be looked after the next day.
Dongguan police said they tracked down a possible perpetrator after viewing ‘a large amount’ of security camera footage.
One surveillance clip that caught officers’ attention shows a bare-chested man holding a bundle while walking in the area.
After carrying out in-depth investigations in the neighbourhood, officers identified a young couple as the main suspects.
They waited outside their rented home on Sunday night and caught them by surprise when they came back from work, the police said in a social media statement.
During intense interrogation, the pair confessed to throwing away their newborn daughter.
Mr Zhang and Ms Li said the child was born in their home at around 1am last Wednesday.
They said they decided not to keep the child after a brief discussion, but did not explain the reason.
Afterwards, Mr Zhang took his daughter to the local bin and left her there.
Police have detained Mr Zhang on suspicion of abandonment. His partner is on bail pending a trial for the same charge.
According to the latest statistics, around 100,000 babies are abandoned in China every year – an equivalent to more than 270 a day.
Under Chinese criminal law, any parents who desert their children can face imprisonment of up to five years.
However, in reality, few of them are given punishment due to a lack of law enforcement.
In June, a newborn boy was found stuck head down inside a plastic bag at a public toilet in north-western China’s Gansu.
The baby was covered in blood with his umbilical cord and placenta still attached. He was found in a toilet bin, according to a previous report.