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Chinese Newborn Found in Sewage Pipe

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A newborn baby boy was rescued from a sewage pipe in a Chinese apartment building after being flushed down a toilet.

Chinese officials said residents in Jinhua, in the eastern province of Zhejiang, called firefighters after hearing the two-day-old baby crying in the fourth-floor lavatory.

When attempts to pull him out failed, rescuer workers sawed away a section of the 10-centimeter diameter pipe with the baby inside.

Firefighters and doctors took the tube apart piece by piece and finally recovered the newborn.

State media said the 2.3-kilogram baby was stuck in the pipe for at least two hours.

Police are still looking for his parents.

Chinese families traditionally have a preference for sons, but babies born out of wedlock are sometimes abandoned because of social and financial pressures.

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