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Chinese mother won’t be charged

on May 30, 2013 10:10 AM

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese newborn who was trapped in a sewer pipe moments after his birth has been released from hospital into the care of his grandparents. Local officials and media reports said today that authorities have concluded it was an accident, meaning his unwed mother is unlikely to be criminally charged.

The baby’s rescue from a pipe underneath a squat toilet in Zhejiang province’s Pujiang county captivated the world, prompting both horror and an outpouring of charity on behalf of the boy, who was released from a hospital late Wednesday.

The boy’s maternal grandparents took him home and the mother remains under medical care, the state-run Jinhua Evening News reported, in an account confirmed by a local police official.

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