It is not easy when a young woman has to face a sudden or unexpected pregnancy. But for one woman she took the most convenient way of getting rid of her newborn baby — by throwing it out the window.
Baby was still alive when thrown
The baby was born on 16th September, Malaysia Day, but her arrival was not greeted with celebration. Apparently the newborn baby girl was still alive when her mother decided to throw her out of the window of a flat in Desa Mentari, Kuala Lumpur.
Assistant Police Commander Arjunaldi Mohamed stated that postmortem results showed that the infant had died of, ’…severe head injuries.”. The 20-year-old mother was detained by the police.
Mohamed also said that the mother was unwed and gave birth at home while alone.
A resident of the block of flats, who found the baby’s body, told of his gruesome discovery:
“When I took a closer look, she looked like a cute girl,” S. Chandran, aged 37, said, and elaborated that one side of the baby’s head was crushed from the impact.
It was reported that a man who was repairing his motorcycle about two metres away, said he had thought someone had tossed a doll out of the window. However, he was shocked to find it was a newborn with the umbilical cord still attached.
Police conducted a search of the flats and arrested the young woman on the third floor. It has been reported that her family were unaware of her pregnancy.
“I didn’t know she was pregnant.”
The young woman’s ex-boyfriend (who remains unnamed) did not know she was pregnant. The 27-year-old from Perak told police he would have taken care of the baby if he knew about her pregnancy.
The man, who is unemployed, apparently told police that he and the woman had ended their relationship in 2011, and was not aware of her pregnancy. He was among several individuals questioned by police in connection with the case.
The young woman was sent to Universiti Malaya Medical Centre for psychiatric evaluation.
Handling an unwanted pregnancy
Deciding on the fate of an unwanted pregnancy may be one of the hardest decisions any woman may have to make, and it shouldn’t be made without the support of loved ones. The woman may hear various arguments and opinions, but the final decision should rest with her.
Here are some questions women can ask when making their decision:
1. How do I feel about this pregnancy?
2. How do I feel about each of these options — abortion, adoption and parenting?
3. Do I need more information on any of these options?
4. How will this affect significant others in my life, including my family and partner?
Options in Singapore
There are various hotlines, such as Beyond Social Services that you can call to talk about what you should do, or to explore the various options.
Some hotlines to call are:
ComCare Hotline — 1800 222 0000
Crisis Hotline for Adolescent — 65345366
Babes ( for pregnant women in trouble) SMS 811103535 or call 1800-TEENMOM (1800-8336666)