Teen detained to assist in baby dumping case

This is a place for anyone who is not able to care for their baby to safely place their baby there anonymously so that it can be safely cared for. Photo: vulcanpost.com

SONG: A teenage girl was detained by police to facilitate investigations into a case of baby dumping in Jalan Mission on Thursday (Nov 18).

The case was confirmed by Song OCPD DSP Rowney Michael when contacted on Friday (Nov 19).

He said the teenager was 16 years old and a Form 4 student.

“The teenager was arrested at a rented house around 6.30pm on Thursday, about nine hours after the baby was found.

“Investigation found that she is the younger sibling of the man who lodged a police report pertaining to the discovery of the baby.”

DSP Rowney said police were now tracking down the girl’s boyfriend, believed to be between 15 and 16 years old, who has disappeared.

He revealed that earlier, the teenager told her 34-year-old brother that she heard a baby crying in the backyard.

“They then found a baby boy left on the grass and dry leaves without any clothes.

“When found, there was blood around the baby’s umbilical cord, indicating that he had just been born.

“The brother then lodged a police report regarding the discovery and the baby was transferred to the Song health clinic before being transferred to Kapit Hospital for further observation.”

The case is being investigated under Section 317 of the Penal Code for the offence of concealing a birth with intent to abandon a baby.