Members of the public gather at the scene where the baby was dumped.

KUCHING: The body of a newborn baby girl was found in a ditch at Bandar Baru Samariang here on Sunday.

Kuching district police chief ACP Awang Din Awang Gani said members of the public found the baby around 6pm.

He said the case was being investigated under Section 318 of the Penal Code for concealing birth and secretly disposing of it.

Initially, the 19-year-old mother of the child dumped her baby and had herself admitted to Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) after suffering from childbirth bleeding.

The young mother refused to reveal anything when questioned by doctors, but medical personnel noticed signs and effects of delivery.

Following the discovery of the baby, police who were alerted arrived at SGH and arrested the suspect.

The body was sent for post-mortem.

Members of the public gather at the scene where the baby was dumped.