Newborn baby girl thrown off a cliff by father who wanted a son miraculously survives 100-foot fall
The father took the baby from a hospital in Gaozhou, Guangdong province last Friday, wrapped her in a nylon bag and hurled her off a cliff
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A man was arrested in South China after he threw his newborn girl off a cliff because he was disappointed it was not a boy. According to Chinese media, he took the baby from a hospital in Gaozhou, Guangdong province last Friday, wrapped her in a nylon bag, and hurled her into the woods. She had only been born for about six hours, per reports.
Stunningly, the girl somehow survived after landing on some tree branches and was saved in time by rescuers. She was unattended for a full 12 hours.
According to Gaozhou Television, law enforcement authorities were alerted after medical officers at Magui Health Centre reported that a newborn baby had gone missing from the hospital.
During the investigation that followed, police began to suspect Li, the girl's father. According to a report citing Magui district police, the man admitted during an interrogation that he placed his newborn daughter into a large nylon bag and threw her off a cliff in a rural area because he was expecting a son instead.
After the father cracked, officers rushed to the scene and led a team of rescuers and volunteers down the steep cliff and began a search for the blameless daughter.
Much to the relief of rescuers, they heard the faint cries of the baby and were able to successfully locate her about 100 feet down from the edge of the cliff.
She was found perched on top of several tree branches which had protected her from fatal injuries, the rescue team revealed to reporters.
In footage that went viral on the internet, the baby is seen being examined by a nurse and a doctor after she was removed from the nylon bag. She was immediately rushed to a hospital where it was understood that she did not suffer any serious injuries.
According to the report, the baby is now in good health and under the care of her mother.
Officers revealed that the family was poor and Li was under a lot of financial pressure. After having had two girls and a boy, the father was disappointed that his fourth child turned out to be a daughter. He is currently in custody as police investigations are underway.
Several users on the Chinese micro-blogging site Weibo slammed the heartless father after the incident. "What a brute! This is attempted murder!" one user said. "This man does not deserve to be a father." "Such a strong baby girl. I hope she can be happy and healthy for the rest of her life!" another said. "The cruel father should be thrown off the cliff instead!" another said, Daily Mail reports.