Body of Indonesian woman found near oil palm estate next to newborn boy

BATU GAJAH: The police have found a body of an Indonesian woman who is believed to have died while giving birth near an oil palm estate in Kampung Piandang here.

Batu Gajah OCPD Asst Comm Ahmad Adnan Basri said the woman has been identified as 35-year-old Yanti Abas was found covered with a piece of cloth in a hut, while her baby boy was laying next to her on Sunday (Oct 11) at about 6.30pm.

"We believe the woman died within a period of five hours. The baby's umbilical cord has been severed and he is alive," he said in a statement on Monday (Oct 12).

ACP Ahmad Adnan said that the baby has been sent to the Batu Gajah Hospital for further checks and added that a forensics team is now looking for signs of foul play.

He said the police believe that there was another person present during the birth and added that the body of the woman has been sent to the Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital for a postmortem.

"However, we cannot find any witness near the location to get more information on the woman and the baby," he said. Pending a Covid-19 test, the post mortem is expected to be conducted on Tuesday to determine the cause of death, ” he said.

ACP Ahmad Adnan added that the Indonesian Embassy and Interpol have been contacted to arrange for the body to be brought back to her home country for burial.

"We are also trying to track down the husband or her kin," he said, adding that the case has been classified as a sudden death for now.

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