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17-year-old girl kills her newborn baby in office toilet because she couldn’t afford to raise her

By Mason White 3:39 PM January 25, 2015
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By: Feng Qian
A teen was arrested on charges of murder after allegedly killing her newborn baby girl in an office toilet because she couldn’t afford to raise a child, police in China said.

Shanghai Police said that the 17-year-old girl identified as Li, was arrested after being accused of strangling her newborn baby at her workplace.

According to the police investigation, a cleaner found the body of the little girl in a trash can in the bathroom of the office building and called the police.

Officers who arrived at the scene, observed that the girl had a strip of cloth around her throat and appeared to have been strangled.

The child’s mother became the prime suspect after she called in sick for several days after the baby was found. When Li was questioned by police, she confessed to killing her baby with a cloth torn off from a mop.

Li told investigators that she was not aware that she was pregnant until a colleague commented on her growing belly. She went to a doctor to arrange an abortion, but was rejected.

Li said that she had no choice but the kill the baby because she could not afford to raise her.