14/08/2014 16:52 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Baby 'Burned To Death' In Faulty Incubator

Chinese baby 'baked to death' in faulty incubator

A truly terrible report has emerged from China alleging that a newborn baby burned to death after being left in a faulty hospital incubator.

The claims were based on graphic pictures released on the country's Twitter equivalent of the 12-day old infant's horrifically scorched body.

In the photograph, the tiny lifeless child has been laid out, face down, on a white blanket on a table. The baby's back and little legs are a burned dark brown and red. His little feet look sooty and singed.

Hospital staff appear to be mulling around the table while some take photos of the tragic newborn.

The pictures are so graphic that all the online news sites that have accessed them from the Chinese social media site, Weibo, have blurred out the most burned areas.

News reports claim the child died from an 'horrific accident' at Quanzhou Children's Hospital in Quanzhou, Fujian province, in China's south eastern coast. reports: "The child was left overnight in an incubator or a heat pad whose temperature was dialled up much too high, completely searing the meat off his back.

"Relatives of the child say that hospital officials kept the newborn - only 12 days old - overnight because it had a cold." It describes the death as an apparent 'horrific accident'.

Hospital staff, including nurses from the ward, have refused to speak to the media.

According to Chinese news site Guiyang News, translated by the, the hospital is so far refusing to accept responsibility for the baby's death.

The alarming pictures are spreading across China and the rest of the world, after photos were posted on the country's social media site Sina Weibo, also known as Wibo.