Mum carries baby in plastic bag and dumps him in bin ‘to cover up her pregnancy’

A young mother has been arrested after harrowing CCTV emerged of her dumping a newborn baby in a bin.

The 21-year-old woman, who is identified as Ms Li, gave birth to a baby boy inside a factory dormitory in China's Yuangcheng city on December 17 last year, seven months after she broke up with her 18-year-old boyfriend, Mr Shi.

A passerby heard a faint cry from a wheelie bin on the roadside before he lifted the lid to find a baby boy inside a plastic bag.

Footage released by Yuancheng Police captures Ms Li, who wears a long scarf and a long skirt, crossing the street before throwing a plastic bag inside the bin at around 9am.

She turns around and heads back to a motorcycle and leaves the scene.

The baby boy was later taken to a local maternity and child healthcare hospital where he was diagnosed with minor respiratory tract infection.

Officers used artificial intelligence and data collected from nearby CCTV to track down Ms Li.

She was arrested on December 29 on suspicion of voluntary manslaughter.

In a statement released by the police, Ms Li claimed she was in a relationship with Mr Shi when they met in Huizhou, in southeastern China, in March last year but they broke up two months later.

She subsequently moved to Yuancheng for work and gave birth to a boy at around 7am on December 17.

Ms Li claimed that she didn't want to let her parents know about her pregnancy and decided to abandon her son.

The baby was found nine hours after she dumped him in the bin.

Her ex-boyfriend, Mr Shi, and his mother came to take care of the newborn upon receiving calls from the authorities while Ms Li remained in custody.

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