KOTA KINABALU: A newborn boy was found dead in a drain near a construction site in the south-eastern district of Tawau on Monday.
Tawau district police chief Supt Muhamed Deraman said the baby, with its umbilical cord intact, had suffocated to death in the plastic bag he was wrapped in.
He said a labourer had noticed the blood-stained plastic bag in the drain along Jalan Sinn Onn in Taman Lily.
“We believe the baby had just died because the body was still soft,” said Supt Muhamed.
On Sunday, a baby boy was found abandoned in a box in Papar district in south-western Sabah.
A 48-year-old civil servant found the infant, who had insect bites all over.
The baby is now being treated at the Papar district hospital and will eventually be handed over to the state Welfare Department.