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Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Maid jailed for burying dead baby in backyard

AN INDONESIAN maid who buried the body of her newborn in the backyard of her employer’s house has been jailed for three months.

A district court heard yesterday that Musliyati (pic), 37, had suspected she was pregnant in October last year and bought three pills believed to be contraceptives.

At 1am on Nov 8, she gave birth in a toilet in her employer’s home in Serangoon Gardens. She then scooped the baby out of the toilet bowl and tore off the umbilical cord. She told investigators the baby did not move or cry.

Later, she wrapped the body in a blanket and placed it in a black plastic bag before burying it in the backyard.

The next day, her employer called for an ambulance as Musli­yati seemed very weak.

A doctor at the hospital noticed the remnants of the torn umbilical cord and informed the employer, who called the police to report the missing baby.

Police officers found bloodstained clothes and towels in the kitchen and used a police dog to find the buried body.

The autopsy report prepared by Dr George Paul, a consultant forensic pathologist at the Health Sciences Autho­rity, indicated that the foetus was between eight and nine months and that it was difficult to ascertain whether it was a case of live birth or still birth.

Investigations revealed that Musliyati had previously worked here from 2010 to 2012. A few days before returning here to work for her employer in March last year, she had unprotected sex with her boyfriend in Indonesia.

She had tested negative in a urine pregnancy test during a medical check-up on March 21.

She was later involved in a relationship with a Malaysian man from April to October last year.

Musliyati told police she did not think she was pregnant because she had continued to menstruate, but donned corsets and loose clothes to hide her extra weight.

The maximum penalty for secretly disposing of the dead body of a child and concealing its birth is a two-year jail term and a S$10,000 (RM26,160) fine. — The Straits Times / Asia News Network

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