A postal worker in China found a baby in a mail satchel after her mother attempted to send the newborn via courier to an orphanage.

The Chinese courier told police in Fuzhou, that he noticed the bag move and could hear cries, reports the South China Morning Post.

Inside the bag was a baby, only several days old, wrapped in plastic and blankets and addressed to an orphanage. Reportedly the courier was suspicious upon picking the parcel up, but was told to not look by the mother.

In a video of the incident, a crowd gathers around the baby while one person moistens a cotton bud to keep the baby’s lips wet as temperatures were over 37 degrees.

The child’s parents were easily traced, and could face up to 5 years in prison for abandoning the baby. However, in the meantime the baby is being returned to their care – a decision which has sparked outrage.

‘The child is lucky to be alive. Her parents should be punished … the baby should be sent to the orphanage who will find parents to adopt her,’ wrote one commenter on the Chinese social media site, Weibo.

Share your comments below.

Image via Beijing News


  • That poor baby. I can’t believe the baby was returned to the parents. I wonder what happened given this happened almost a year ago.????


  • Wow. That poor baby! I can’t believe they are giving the baby back to the parents. It could have died! They shouldn’t be in the care of the baby at all :(

    • In China the foster care system isn’t as good as here. I don’t know which one is worse: placement in an orphanage or back to the parents. Both aren’t ideal.


  • OMG that poor little baby, it could have ended so much worse if he had been smothered in the satchel.


  • If that postal worker hadn’t noticed the movement of the parcel, the baby could have died and yet they gave the baby back to the parents? How irresponsible a decision is this.


  • wow the story was sad and then to read that the child was returned to the mother! wow! i can’t understand what goes through a person’s head that this situation makes any sense morally!


  • That poor child I hope it’s being looked after properly now.


  • Some don’t want girls because they can’t work as long to get extra money to support the rest of the extended family as they want to get married and have a baby too. Being a hot day the baby probably wouldn’t have survived or would have been ill if the courier had not got suspicious.


  • Guess this is another family who has fallen foul of the one child policy in China. They will end up in jail now anyway, and what becomes of their children, who will know.


  • I don’t cannot believe they thought it was a good idea to return the baby to the parents who tried to courier it an orphanage! They obviously don’t want the little darling


  • It concerns me that a parent could feel that posting their baby to an orphanage is their only option.


  • What a start to begin your life…unwanted and unloved :(
    And how concerning the child is returned to the parents !
    Bless this child, praying protection and love over this child.


  • I have no idea why they would give her back. As for the little girl surviving that is amazing and I am glad they found her in time.


  • oh my goodness that would be a shock to the courier – I disagree though that she is returned to the mother, if the parents don’t wont her they might do something else to try and get rid of her :( I hope that commonsense prevails and someone steps in and takes care of this little one – wishing her the best for her future with lots of love


  • Please dont return to sender! OMG, what a story.


  • This is disgraceful!! What a horrible woman. It looks like there is enough reason to charge the mother of that sweet little baby.


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