Cops nab woman for abandoning baby in Kemaman shop

KUALA TERENGGANU: Police have arrested a woman for allegedly abandoning her son, who was born about a week ago, at a shop in Jabur Kubur, Jalan Air Putih, Chukai near here.

Kemaman District police chief Supt Hanyan Ramlan said the unemployed woman, in her 20s, was arrested around Jabur Kubur at 11am on Monday (May 20).

"Police also arrested a 24-year-old man working as a restaurant helper, who is believed to be her lover, at 3pm around Chukai town.

"The man was detained to determine whether he had colluded with the woman to abandoning the baby," he said when contacted on Monday.

Hanyan said investigations found that she had given birth to the baby boy on May 12 at her boyfriend's house in Jabur Kubur before abandoning the baby at the location on Saturday (May 18).

He said a DNA test would be conducted on the woman to determine whether she had any connection to the incident where the body of a baby girl, whose umbilical cord was still intact and covered with ants, was abandoned at the same shop last July.

Earlier, a lorry driver found the baby boy, wearing just a shirt, shivering in the cold on the floor of the shop at about 7.30am on Saturday (May 18).

The baby, weighing three kilogrammes, was sent to Kemaman Hospital, and police confirmed that the case was being investigated under Section 317 of the Penal Code for concealing the birth of a child with the intention of abandoning the baby. - Bernama

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