Courier Discovers Parcel He's Delivering Contains Live Baby

Chinese officials have apprehended the baby's mother
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 12, 2017 11:19 AM CDT
Mother Arrested for Allegedly Trying to Mail Baby
Chinese officials say a woman tried to ship her newborn baby girl to an orphanage this week.   (Video Still)

A woman was arrested this week in China after allegedly attempting to mail her newborn baby to an orphanage, CNN reports. According to the South China Morning Post, the 24-year-old woman instructed a courier not to look inside the bag when he picked it up for delivery Wednesday. But while he was en route to the orphanage in Fuzhou, the courier noticed movement and noises from inside the package. He opened it to find a baby girl—only a few days old—wrapped in plastic bags.

The temperature in Fuzhou at the time was approaching 100 degrees, and video from the scene shows bystanders attempting to hydrate and cool the baby while waiting for authorities to arrive, Shanghaiist reports. The baby was transported to the hospital, where she is in stable condition. The baby's mother was taken into custody and could face up to five years in prison if convicted of abandoning her baby. However, a hospital official says the woman has agreed to take her baby back once she's released from the hospital. (More abandoned baby stories.)

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