A baby girl in China has been found abandoned in a rubbish bin with the umbilical cord still attached, as her parents were disappointed as they had wanted a boy, according to reports.
The baby girl’s father, who is known only as Zhang through local reports, was spotted on CCTV ditching the newborn in a street in Dongguan, Guangdong province.
Through the Chinese social media platform WeChat, the Dongguan Police released a statement that confirmed they had identified the man. The police waited outside the suspect’s home until he returned from work to make the arrest.
The statement read: “It was found that at 1 am on July 29, 2020, Li (female, 21 years old) gave birth to a baby in a rental house… and discussed with her husband Zhang (24 years old).
“Later, the two decided not to have children, so Zhang took (the baby) to a trash can in Dazhou Community and abandoned [it].”
It was then added that “after interrogation, Zhang and Li confessed to the crime of abandoning the baby”.
The couple told the police they had made the decision to abandon the baby as “they couldn’t afford to raise three children altogether”.
According to the authorities, the pair were detained on charges of child abandonment and Zhang has been taken into custody whilst his wife Li has been released on bail awaiting the pending trial.
In Chinese society, boy children are prized more than girls as they carry on the family name and also because they are rarer.
In Dongguan, particularly, women outnumber men to such an extent that men are openly having more than one girlfriend and it is a widely accepted matter.
In the south of China, it is an industrial powerhouse which is packed with female factory workers and many of them pay their male partners’ expenses so that they can keep them.
There is a local man in Dongguan called Li Bin and he openly has three girlfriends who all work in factories.
Whilst living with one of his girlfriends, he is in a relationship with one of them and has the other as a lover.
He said: “They all know each other.
“My third girlfriend works close by. She often looked sad so I went to talk to her.
“She proposed that we start dating. I told her, ‘I already have two girlfriends, I can’t have a third. We can be lovers.’ She agreed.”
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