Baby found in surau is the third dumping case in Kedah

In safe hands: The baby that was found in the surau.

KUBANG PASU: Yet another newborn is found dumped in Kedah.

The baby boy, swaddled in a batik sarong, was abandoned in front of a village surau door.

Described as cute, and fair, the baby weighs in at 3.42kg and measures 50cm from head to toe.

Kodiang’s Kampung Meribut surau caretaker Ahmad Ayob, 57, said he went to open the surau on Saturday evening for villagers to perform maghrib prayers.

“I found a sarong bundle on the floor near the sliding side door. I opened it and found the baby. He didn’t cry and looked asleep. I saw the umbilical cord still attached to the tummy,” he said.

He went to a house nearby and asked someone to watch over the newborn while he went to get the surau committee members, who later alerted police and local health clinic.

The villagers spent half an hour with the baby before authorities arrived and took custody of him.

Surau committee member Mohd Yusof Abu Hassan, 63, said when he arrived, he found a trail of fresh bloodstains along the walkway behind the surau.

“I think the mother gave birth in the women’s toilet behind the surau and left the baby at the front door,” he said.

Kodiang is a district known for its padi fields, north of Alor Setar, and is about 30 minutes from the Thai border.

Kubang Pasu OCPD Supt Mohd Ismail Ibrahim confirmed that the baby was healthy and was sent to Hospital Jitra.

“The case will be investigated under Section 317 of the Penal Code for exposure and abandonment of a child under 12 years by a parent or person having care of it or custodian, which carries a maximum seven-year jail term or fine,” he said.

This is the third baby dumping case in Kedah this year.

On June 25, a villager found a healthy baby boy dumped by the roadside of Kampung Pulai in Tokai, Pendang.

The villager heard a baby crying and found him wrapped in women’s clothing.

On July 3, a padi farmer found a newborn baby boy inside a box under a roadside tree in Kampung Jelai, Tajar, near Alor Setar.
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