The Mother Who “Flushed” Her Newborn Down A Toilet Has Been Identified, And Has A Tremendous Birth Story

Mother identified in baby flushed down toilet case
We reported yesterday morning on the miracle baby in Pujiang, Zhejiang province who survived being flushed down a squat toilet. The latest report is -- while not necessarily more shocking -- just as incredible. Turn your attention to the above newscast, which says authorities have identified the child's mother -- in fact, had basically known who she was all this time, since she was the one who alerted her landlord to the infant in the toilet in the first place.

Baby Flushed Down Toilet, Survives After Getting Caught In Pipe [UPDATE]

Baby rescued from toilet
This Shanghai Daily article is just slightly jaw-dropping: Police are searching for a woman who flushed her newborn boy down the toilet in a dormitory building on Saturday afternoon in Pujiang County, Zhejiang Province, local media reported today. The baby, however, got stuck in the L-shaped pipe and his cry alerted other tenants in the building. Firefighters arrived after receiving a call and spent two hours to saw off the pipe to free the baby.

Hebei Principal Poisons To Death Two Students From Rival Kindergarten

Kindergarten students poisoned to death
Two young children were the victims of a dispute between the adults of rival kindergartens last week, according to Xinhua. Let that punch in the gut settle in. Xinhua reports that the principal of an unnamed kindergarten in Pingshan, Hebei province intentionally laced yogurt with tetramine, then hired someone to have it sold along a route that children... Read more »

3-year-old British boy reportedly died while “waiting for an ambulance that never came”

The East is Read
Morbid details have emerged in the story of the British toddler who was crushed by a “falling screen” last Monday in a Shanghai restaurant. The accident happened at Kervan Orient Express just after 8 pm when the three-year-old boy, playing with a seven-year-old girl, fell down and “touched the partition screen, which fell and hit him... Read more »

3-Year-Old British Boy Killed By Falling Screen In Shanghai Restaurant [UPDATE]

Restaurant in Shanghai where 3-year-old British boy killed by falling screen
Police are investigating how a three-year-old boy could have been killed by a falling screen in a restaurant in Shanghai’s downtown Huangpu District on Monday. According to Shanghai Daily, “Witnesses said the boy may have accidentally touched the screen before it fell on him. Screens are sometimes used by restaurants to divide dining areas.” The boy... Read more »

Toddler Survives 6th-Story Fall From Balcony After Passersby Catch Her On Tarp

Ah, the classic China story: toddlers falling off balconies. I've gotten a bit complacent and let a few of these tales go unblogged, but this one from Zhongshan, Guangdong province has to go up. On March 21 at about 11 pm, a small girl crawled or walked out of her sixth-floor apartment balcony. She clung onto the ledge for dear life. Seeing this, about 10 passersby quickly grabbed a tarp in expectation of catching her if she fell. Sure enough, because she's a toddler, she fell.

Search continues for 2-month-old baby inside stolen vehicle [UPDATE: suspect turns himself in, admits killing baby]

The East is Read
Other than getting caught, this is probably a carjacker’s worst nightmare. (And a parent’s, too.) “Police in Changchun are searching for a 2-month-old baby who was in a[n] SUV that was stolen on Monday morning,” reports China Daily. One imagines no carjacker ever envisions himself classified as a kidnapper.

Now There’s Video Of That Toddler Baring His Backside To Li Keqiang And Everyone Else

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The cute toddler who unexpectedly popped out of a cupboard on Sunday and stole Li Keqiang’s thunder — no biggie, Li’s only the second most powerful man in the Politburo Standing Committee — has gone officially, fully viral. None other than CCTV’s Sina Weibo account has formally distributed this story, with an accompanying 2-minute, 10-second video.... Read more »

Could Work, Almost: To Circumvent China’s One-Child Policy, Abandon Your Child, Then Adopt It

One-child policy
This is risky, but for those Chinese mothers out there who want a second child without paying the taxes and fines, try what this Zhejiang woman did. Via SCMP (citing Qianjiang Evening News): The 37-year-old woman, surnamed Chen, gave birth to a girl in November last year. She then gave the baby to a relative who later... Read more »

Toddler Moons National TV Audience During Vice Premier Li Keqiang’s Impromptu House Visit [UPDATE]

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Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang made an unexpected visit to a farmer’s family in Baotou, Inner Mongolia earlier this week. How unexpected? According to Sina Weibo, the farmer’s son was still sleeping (half-)naked in the room, so the father told him to go hide in the cupboard. With CCTV cameras rolling, the kid ran out of oxygen,... Read more »

13-Month-Old Baby Killed Underneath Chinese Family Planning Official’s Car [UPDATE]

Chen Liandi
This looks bad. Around noon on Monday, a 13-month-old baby was run over by a birth control official's car in Rui'an county near Wenzhou, Zhejiang province, according to state media. Reports the Guardian: According to the report, he had been in the arms of his father. But after the officials started their vehicles, he was found crushed under one of the cars. Officials took him to hospital but doctors were unable to save him.

3-Year-Old Girl Dies From Head Trauma, Father’s Pregnant Girlfriend Confesses, Set Free On Bail

Young child dies father's girlfriend on bail
Sad news out of "China's Florida" once again. According to Jinyang Net, a three-year-old girl named Xu Lijia has died from brain failure as a result of head trauma in Qingyuan, Guangdong province. A 35 year-old female suspect surnamed Zeng from Huaihai, Hunan, the girlfriend of the girl's father, confessed to the crime; owing to the fact that she's pregnant, she has been released according to Chinese law and is free on bail.

Officials In Lankao, Where A Deadly Fire Destroyed A Private Orphanage, Might Be Blaming The Adoptive Mother [UPDATE]

Yuan Lihai
On Friday, a fire at a private orphanage in Lankao county, Henan province killed six children ages seven months to five years and one 20-year-old young adult. The story’s sad enough without any of other details, but then you learn that the shelter was run by Yuan Lihai, a former street vendor who has taken... Read more »