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Mother Of Baby Trapped In Sewer Pipe Was Present During Rescue

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BEIJING — Authorities have concluded that a newborn rescued from a sewer pipe in eastern China became trapped because of an accident. They say there will be no criminal charges against the mother – who did not initially come forward to claim the baby.

They also say the baby has been released from a hospital into the care of the mother and a man claiming to be his father.

An official at eastern China's Pujiang county's propaganda office said Thursday that police concluded the unwed woman did not initially step forward out of fright. The official did not give his name, as is common among Chinese bureaucrats.

The unnamed woman secretly delivered the child Saturday in a rental building's restroom. She later claimed the infant accidentally slipped into the squat toilet.

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