Chinese state media say police have rescued a newborn baby who was stuck face down in a public toilet in Beijing. She is in stable condition at a hospital in the capital.

The police station responsible for the rescue confirmed it Tuesday after it was reported by the newspaper Beijing Times, which said police were trying to identify the baby girl's parents.

Unmarried Chinese mothers may abandon newborns because of social stigma associated with out-of-wedlock births. Sometimes parents discard children born with defects.

The newspaper says police went to the public toilet Sunday after receiving a report of baby cries.

It says police saw the child's feet in the toilet pipe and that a policeman slid his hand into the pipe to gently pull her out.