Newborn baby rescued near rubbish bins in freezing Hong Kong

Other News Materials 12 February 2008 08:23 (UTC +04:00)

( dpa )- A newborn baby that was dumped next to rubbish bins on a Hong Kong housing estate was rescued as the city endures one of its harshest winters on record, police said Tuesday.

The 3-kilogram baby boy with his umbilical cord still attached was found alive by a cleaner in a rubbish bag next to bins in a public area of a city's Tung Chung housing estate on Sunday.

A police spokesman said officers carried out door to door enquiries but failed to trace the relatives and had issued pictures of the boy in an effort to find the mother.

Night-time temperatures in Hong Kong have dipped below 10 degrees Celsius for the past three weeks, the city's longest cold spell for years, as snowy winter weather sweeps through China.

Hong Kong has in the past two years seen a series of cases of young mothers who became pregnant without their parents' knowledge killing or abandoning newborns to try to keep the births secret.