Newborn baby saved after being thrown down toilet in China

Beijing, May 28 (EFE).- Chinese emergency management services saved a newborn baby who had been thrown down the toilet at a home in the eastern province of Zhejiang, state television said.

A video on CCTV showed the infant finally rescued two hours after being located in the toilet pipe just 10 centimeters (4 inches) in diameter.

Residents in the building alerted police after hearing the baby crying on Monday, a Zhejiang daily said.

Once alerted, the authorities rushed to the home to see where the baby's cries were coming from, and firefighters began cutting segments of the pipe to try and rescue the newborn.

Seeing the danger of opening the pipe on the site, they took the segment containing the baby boy to a nearby hospital, where after breaking the pipe bit by bit, they were able to free him alive, though with some cuts on his face and limbs.

When doctors managed to rescue the infant, he was still connected to the placenta, the daily said.

The baby boy, weighing 2.3 kilos (5 pounds), was placed in an incubator, where he is in stable condition. The parents have not yet been located.

Police have opened an investigation.

Chinese families are under great social and financial pressure due to the one-child policy, which imposes costly fines on couples who decide to have more.