There has been mass public outcry in China, where media have reported that a young mother threw her newborn girl out of an apartment building window. The newborn was then run over by a car…
Surveillance footage aired by a Heilongjiang provincial TV station, showed a bag containing the baby hitting the roadway outside, then being crushed by a vehicle.
The mother, an 18-year-old hair salon worker reportedly gave birth in the bathroom of an apartment she shared with about 10 people,
The provincial Shenghuo newspaper reports that the mother walked upstairs to a window between the second and third floors and tossed out her daughter.
It was not clear whether the baby was killed hitting the ground, or by the impact of the car. She was no longer breathing by the time a security guard noticed the bloodstained bag and called police.
The mother is being held on suspicion of intentional homicide and has been taken to hospital for treatment
It did not say whether the car driver was being sought.
The incident has unleashed public anger but also soul-searching about fast-changing social mores.
Incidents involving suffering infants have scandalised the Chinese public in recent years. In May a newborn baby in the eastern province of Zhejiang survived after being dropped down a toilet pipe by the mother.
The case triggered widespread fury but was later declared an accident.
In the same month a man from Jilin in the northeast was sentenced to death for strangling a two-month-old baby after stealing a vehicle with the infant inside.
In 2011, a two-year-old was left lying on the street in southern Guangdong after being struck by two vehicles while passersby ignored her in 2011. The child later died.