Really, this is such an awful story that there's very little to say about it:
A newborn Chinese baby was rescued from a toilet pipe after he was flushed away by his parents, state TV reports.
Chinese firefighters found the tiny boy lodged in a sewage pipe below a squat toilet in an apartment building in Jinhua, Zhejiang province. His placenta was still attached.
But I do have one observation. Compare the following two statements from the news story:
(1) "Despites the offers to adopt Baby No. 59, a doctor at the hospital said the boy would be handed over to social services if his parents do not claim him, Zhejiang News said."
(2) "Police are treating the case as an attempted homicide and are looking for the mother and anyone else involved in the incident."
Wha??? The parents are being investigated for attempted homicide, but they have first claim on the baby? I realize that, even here, terminating parental rights is quite difficult, but doesn't it seem like the appropriate thing to do would be to place the baby with child services right now regardless of what the parents want and waiting until the investigation is over before returning the baby (if at all)?