This is the chilling moment when a 15-year-old mother from China boxes up her live newborn before disposing of the package in a dustbin.
CCTV footage, captured at a residential building in the south-east China’s Shenzhen, shows the teenager getting into a lift with the shoe-box sized container and some other bags on April 1.
The newborn baby girl was later discovered by a cleaner in a waste container, with blood on her body but miraculously she was still breathing.
Local policemen confirmed the mother to be a 15-year-old girl. Her identity has not been revealed. Her parents arrived and agreed to take the baby back home.
The cleaner, surnamed He, told Southern Metropolis Daily that she was picking through card boxes at the garbage in Liutang residential area of Bao’an district when she had to do a double take.
Explaining the series of events she told a reporter: ‘I thought it was a doll when I saw the baby’s leg. But then, I looked again and [saw] it was a live baby and there was blood on the baby’s face and body.’
Mr Liu, a neighbour who walked pass the garbage bin, said to Southern Metropolis Daily: ‘The baby girl was placed inside a gift box, with blood all over her body. But there seemed to be a cut mark under her right eye, so we sent her to the hospital.’
The baby was admitted to a maternity unit at Bao’an People’s Hospital, weighing a light 2.65 kg (5.84 lbs) and with low body temperatures.
Footage shows a young teenage girl wearing a yellow t-shirt and dungaree jeans, carrying a gift box, a red travel bag and two plastic bags into the lift.
It is also suggested that she went straight to work after giving birth.
Mr Chen, who works as a concierge at the apartment block, said that the girl had lived in the building for over a year.
She is said to live alone and work at a beauty salon.
Looking at the footage, Mr Chen said: ‘She looks so calm as if she had never given birth. You can see from the footage that she is playing with her hair and looks into the mirror.’
The mother is then seen walking through the door that goes to the garbage and later the onlookers found the baby girl in the exact same gift box.
Bao’an police arrived on scene and looked for the new mother on the ninth floor.
They found blood in the toilet and an unpleasant smell filling her apartment.
The police has confirmed the new mother is a 15-year-old teenager and called her parents to a local police station, according to Southern Metropolis Daily.
As the mother is underage, there are no laws or regulations applied to arrest or prosecution.
The girl’s parents agreed to take the infant to their home at Heyuan, Guangdong city.