Young couple held for disposing dead infant

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  • Monday, 27 Jan 2020

IPOH: A pair of young lovers have been arrested by the police for concealing the birth of a baby and then disposing the body into Sungai Perak near the Perak Water Board pump house in Teluk Kepayang, Bota.

Perak Tengah district police chief Supt Barudin Wariso said the 22-year-old woman was detained after police received information of a foul smell emanating from her home in Seri Iskandar.

“The woman confessed to delivering a baby in her seventh month of pregnancy in her bedroom on Tuesday at about 3am, without the knowledge of her family, who also lived in the same house.

“The baby died shortly after the birth, ” he said in a statement here on Saturday.

The woman then wrapped the dead infant in a piece of cloth and hid it in a wardrobe cupboard for three days before handing it over to her boyfriend, who in turn disposed it in the river.

Supt Barudin said investigations found that the unemployed woman was in a relationship with the 22-year-old man, who worked as a supervisor at a factory in Alor Gajah, Melaka.

“Police then arrested the boyfriend at his home in Seri Iskandar.

“He confessed to disposing the body in the river by weighing it down with four bricks, ” he said.

The case is being investigated under Section 318 of the Penal Code for concealment of birth by secret disposal of a dead body. — Bernama

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