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Kills her newborn to keep rape secret

AN unmarried young woman killed her son after giving birth in a factory toilet in Hunan Province to prevent her colleagues finding out she was raped, police said.

The 23-year-old surnamed Chen is in police custody, yesterday's Xiaoxiang Morning Post reported.

Chen told police she was raped in her hometown in Heilongjiang Province last February, the report said.

She didn't realize she was pregnant until four months later, so she missed the best chance for an abortion. To hide her pregnancy from friends and family, she left her hometown and went to work at a factory in Hunan's Xiangtan City in June.

On December 11, she gave birth in the factory toilet. Fearing she might lose her job if the baby was discovered, she killed him with scissors and dumped the body in a trash can. She then returned to work, the report said.


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