An Indonesian woman has admitted to abandoning her newborn baby in a recycling bin at Tai Keng Gardens. She faces a jail term of five months, the Straits Times reported on Thursday (Nov 5).
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The baby boy was reportedly found in a private residential estate near Upper Paya Lebar Road on the night of 27 July 2020.
The woman, who cannot be named due to a gag order, was said to have been hired as a maid at the time of the offence.
In 2018, the 29-year-old developed a relationship with a Bangladeshi man according to the court. She then discovered her pregnancy earlier this year.
She tried to terminate her pregnancy by taking pills but to no avail.
On the day of the crime, the woman reportedly felt contractions and gave birth around 1pm in a bathroom in her employer’s home.
The Straits Times said that the woman wrapped the infant in a towel and placed him in a paper bag after cutting his umbilical cord with a pair of scissors.
She later left the baby in the recycling bin and held up the lid to allow air to enter the bin.
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Baby Abandoned in Recycling Bin
The baby boy was discovered after a resident who wishes to be known as Mr Lew said his son-in-law heard a “strange noise” coming from the recycling bin.
The 65-year-old said he initially thought that the noises came from a stray animal such as a cat or a dog.
Upon closer inspection, he realised that the sounds were from a baby who was wrapped in a towel and placed in a paper bag.
His family took the baby out of the bin and an ambulance arrived soon after. Paramedics at the scene attended to the baby boy and he was later brought to the KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital.
Police said that there were no visible injuries on the baby and his condition was stable.
For the crime of abandoning a child, the 29-year-old could face a jail term of up to seven years as well as a fine.
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