A two-day-old baby was found stuck in toilet pipes in Jinhua, a city in the eastern province of Zhejiang. Unable to pull the baby (who still had his placenta attached to his body) free, firemen were forced to saw off a four-inch wide piece of piping from the floor below and take the infant to hospital still inside the pipe.

The 22-year-old single mother of a newborn who gave birth to the boy on Saturday when she went to the toilet claimed that she didn’t dump the baby deliberately, that the baby slipped into the pipe after she tried in vain to pick him up, she told police.

Panicked and reluctant to let others know she had a baby, the mother changed her clothes and told her landlord that she heard weird noises in the toilet. The police, firefighters and medical workers then came and rescued the baby boy after breaking down the pipe.