A father was so upset that his wife gave birth to a third daughter that he stole her from the hospital and threw her from a cliff. After falling 100 feet and being left for over 12 hours, the baby miraculously survived the elements and the fall.

The infant’s savior was the trees. Her father had wrapped her in a pink nylon bag, which caught in the tree branches after she fell 100 feet into the woods below.

Hospital staff at the Magui Hospital in Gaozhou, Guangdong province reported the baby missing on a Friday morning in October 2018. Police investigated and questioned the father, who they found to be acting suspiciously. They finally got him to confess to throwing the baby from the cliff at 1:00 a.m. the previous night.

By 11:00 a.m. the father led rescuers to the scene. The ravine below the cliff was so far down they had to be lowered by ropes to search, and they certainly didn’t expect to find the baby alive. Two hours into the search, a rescuer suddenly heard the unmistakable cries of a baby, 12 hours after she had been tossed away.

To the rescuer’s astonishment, the baby was alive and well without any serious injuries. She was perched atop the tree branches and never made it to the hard ground below.

According to Channel News Asia:

“Li said that his family was poor. After having two daughters and a son, he had been hoping for another boy. He has been detained by the police.”

The nurse examines the baby taken from a sack

The rescuers search the wooded area below the cliff via Daily Mail

News of the “miracle baby” went viral after a video showing the doctors remove the girl from the bag surfaced online. Public criticism for the father was overwhelming.

One person commented on the Chinese blogging site, Weibo:

“What a brute! This is attempted murder! This man does not deserve to be a father.”

“The cruel father should be thrown off the cliff instead!” said another person.

The baby was safely returned home to her overjoyed mother.

See what happened below:

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