Corpse of newborn baby found next to rubbish bin in Tin Shui Wai estate

The baby was found next to a rubbish bin at Tin Yau Court, Tin Shui Wai. Photo via Google Street View
The baby was found next to a rubbish bin at Tin Yau Court, Tin Shui Wai. Photo via Google Street View

The body of a dead newborn baby was found discarded by the side of a rubbish bin at a Tin Shiu Wai estate in the early hours of Wednesday, local media reported.

A passerby noticed a blue bag next to the bin and was shocked to see a baby in it, according to HK01.

Medical personnel were called to the scene at close to 5am. They ascertained that the female baby, which was around 40 cm in length, was dead. The baby still had its umbilical cord intact.

The area has been cordoned off for police officers to investigate. The mother of the baby has not been identified.

A similar case involving an abandoned infant was also reported earlier this year in February, when the body of a female newborn was found on a hillside in Tong Fuk Tsuen in Lantau Island. A 21-year-old Filipino woman holding a Hong Kong identity card was arrested.

In 2017, a 22-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of infanticide after leaving her newborn next to a rubbish bin in a Wan Chai alley.

The woman, who was a visitor, had reportedly given birth alone in a Wan Chai hotel. She said the baby hiccuped but did not respond when she moved her arms, so she wrapped her in a coat and placed her in a bag, according to the South China Morning Post.

In 2014, there were at least three incidents of newborn babies found in public bathrooms, including in a Heng Fa Chuen shopping mall and in the Ruttonjee Hospital‘s accident and emergency unit.

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