Bleeding woman's refusal to cooperate with docs leads to grim find of newborn's body


BALIK PULAU: A report about a woman bleeding in the womb after just giving birth led to the discovery of her newborn's body in a drain.

Balik Pulau OCPD Supt Kamarul Rizal Jenal said the body of the baby girl was found near a durian farm in Pondok Upeh here on Wednesday (Aug 4) evening.

“The newborn, with its umbilical cord still attached, was not breathing.

“We started an investigation after receiving a report from a medical officer at the Balik Pulau Hospital that a foreign woman was bleeding in the womb and believed to have just given birth.

“According to the officer, further checks by the hospital found a placenta in the woman's womb.

“When the hospital asked about the whereabouts of the newborn, she refused to cooperate which led to the police report being made,” he said on Thursday (Aug 5).

Supt Kamarul said the suspect, an Indonesian woman in her 30s, admitted to dumping the newborn inside a drain near her house, which is also where she works as a caretaker, when questioned by the police.

“The woman said she planned to bury the newborn when she realised that the baby girl was stillborn after she gave birth in her bedroom at about 5pm on Tuesday (Aug 3).

"However, when she reached the drain, she felt dizzy and the baby's body fell from her hands.

"The woman, who works as a caretaker, managed to return to her employer's home before she fainted in the kitchen.

“She was brought to the hospital after her employer found her unconscious and covered in blood.

"The woman is a divorcee and has no previous criminal record.

“We are still searching for the suspect’s boyfriend," he said.

Supt Kamarul said a post-mortem will be conducted on the baby on Thursday after results of a Covid-19 screening come back.

It is learnt that the woman is currently being treated at the Penang Hospital and will be arrested after treatment.

The case is being investigated under Section 318 of the Penal Code for clandestine disposal of a child's remains to intentionally conceal its birth.

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