BALIK PULAU: A newborn baby girl who was thrown off the balcony of a fourth floor flat unit in Bayan Lepas on Wednesday (May 13), reportedly by her own mother, is in stable condition at the Penang Hospital.
Balik Pulau OCPD Supt A. Anbalagan said the baby was currently in the intensive care unit (ICU) in Penang Hospital.
“According to a doctor, the baby suffered from a brain injury and there is a crack in her head.
“She also sustained liver injury and will be referred to a specialist.
“Both the baby and suspect are at the Penang Hospital for treatment.
“We arrested the suspect’s boyfriend to facilitate investigations, ” he said in a statement on Thursday (May 14).
On Wednesday (May 13), an 18-year-old shop assistant allegedly threw her newborn baby from the balcony of her flat here to prevent her parents from finding out she had given birth.
Supt Anbalagan said the teenager admitted she gave birth to the baby girl at around 7am on Wednesday (May 13).
“The suspect’s parents were in Kelantan when the incident occurred, and her two siblings who were staying with her also did not know about it.
“The suspect hid her pregnancy from her family.
"She later revealed that the father of the baby was her 18-year-old boyfriend, ” he said.
Supt Anbalagan said police were alerted to the incident at about 10am on Wednesday (May 13), after someone heard an object falling on the roof.
“According to an independent witness at the scene, a flat occupant on the ground floor heard a loud sound when something fell on the roof of his house at about 8am on Wednesday," he said.
He added that an investigation officer, together with the Penang contingent police headquarters forensic team, went to the scene and found the newborn in a backpack on the ground floor behind the block of flats.
“The case will be investigated under Section 317 of the Penal Code for exposure and abandonment of a child under 12 years old by a parent or person having care of it or custodian, ” he said.