Newborn baby dumped, found covered in ants

IPOH: A newborn baby boy was found covered in ants and bundled into a box at the Taman Kota Wira bus stop in Taiping.

Taiping OCPD Asst Comm Razlam Ab Hamid said the infant was found wrapped in a towel by a woman who had stopped her vehicle to remove things from her car boot on Wednesday.

“When the woman got down from her car, she heard the cries of a baby before finding the infant,” he said in a statement.

He said the child was taken to Hospital Taiping and a medical examination by a doctor found the 2.62kg baby to be suffering from breathing problems and needing intubation. The baby also showed signs of dehydration and is believed to be suffering from several infections.

“He is now in a stable condition and being treated at the neonatal intensive care unit,” Bernama reported ACP Razlam as saying.

He said the police are trying to identify the suspects who abandoned the baby. The case is being investigated under Section 317 of the Penal Code for concealing the birth of a child with the intention of dumping the baby.

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