Last month, Guangzhou’s station for abandoned infants hit a massive 51 drop-offs in just 13 days, nearly all of whom were mentally or physically disabled. The 7-square-meter facility had to stop taking new drop-offs earlier this month, and now an abandoned infant has been found on a city roadside.
The baby girl was found ten days after the facility closed. Police estimate her to be about 8 months old, and she apparently looks healthy. “I don’t know why her parents abandoned her,” a police officer told China Daily. The infant was found near a supply of diapers, clothes, and blankets, but has no identifying information.
A woman found the baby on the road near a construction site at around 8:40 yesterday morning, and called city authorities. The city’s original baby-shelter was built for 120,000 yuan and wasn’t exactly state-of-the-art; if the city hopes to avoid situations like this most recent horrid incident, it will likely have to build bigger drop-off stations or amp-up social programs. A status-quo where infants are being left on the road near construction sites is, well, not desirable.