A newborn baby with her placenta and umbilical cord still attached and throat cut was found abandoned in a plastic bag and thrown into a garbage bin in China's Liaoning province. Authorities say the baby is now in critical condition at the hospital.
The baby was found in Anshan City in northeast China by a man searching waste bins for recyclables. The Daily Mail reports the man thought the baby was dead. He told police that the baby was purple and that it moved only while he examined the plastic bag closely.
A resident who witnessed the baby being taken to the hospital, said, "She was still breathing and had a heartbeat. Blood from the wound stained the whole body."
Doctors performed surgery to close the two-inch wound across her neck. The Daily Mail reports doctors said the two-inch slash across the baby's neck nearly went down to her windpipe. The baby, according to doctors, was born premature between 32 and 34 weeks old and weighed only three pounds.
The case has horrified China in spite of the fact that the entire country has a high incident of what is termed "guilt children" abandoned everyday.
It is believed that the girl is yet another victim of China's official one-child policy. The tragic effect of the policy is that parents who often prefer their only child to be a boy abort, abandon or kill their female children.
Female infanticide is more common in the rural parts of China than in urban areas where girls are more likely to be abandoned than killed.
In spite of worldwide opposition to the one-child policy in China, a survey in 2008 reported that 76 percent of Chinese support the policy even if many disagree with details of its implementation.
Authorities say the baby will be put in a children's home when she recovers.