KOTA BARU: Police are hunting for the person who dumped a newborn baby girl into a drain, causing her to die of drowning.
Kelantan police chief Datuk Hasanuddin Hassan said the baby girl was dead for between seven to eight hours before a member of the public discovered the body in a drain near his house in Kampung Atas Pengget, near Pasir Mas, on Wednesday (July 11).
"Preliminary investigations suggest that the baby died of drowning.
"We appreciate any tip-off from the public that can help us to bring those responsible to book," he told newsmen at his Hari Raya open house Thursday (July 12).
Mechanic Mat Jusoh Awang, 54, found the body in a drain when he returned home for lunch at about 1pm Wednesday.
"We suspect the heartless mother abandoned her baby, and it died so pitifully," he said.