Dead baby in a knapsack

Friday July 6, 2012

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/7/6/nation/11611918&sec=nation

By FARIK ZOLKEPLI
farik@thestar.com.my

KUALA TERENGGANU: A 16-year-old schoolgirl kept a classmate’s schoolbag for 17 hours not realising that there was a dead newborn baby inside.

The classmate had handed her the bag shortly after giving birth to the baby girl in the school’s hostel at about 1am on Tuesday.

Doctors found out about the birth when she sought medical treatment at the Sultanah Nur Zahirah Hospital here, complaining of abdominal pains.

“An examination confirmed that she had just given birth,” Terengganu CID chief Asst Comm K. Manoharan said yesterday.

“She confessed that she had kept the baby in her schoolbag.”

The doctors asked the girl to call her friend and bring the bag to the hospital.

“They found the dead baby girl in the bag. The friend was traumatised when she learned that she had been carrying around a bag containing a dead baby,” ACP Manoharan told reporters.

Police have seized the scissors used to cut the baby’s umbilical cord.

ACP Manoharan said a post-mortem showed that the baby was successfully delivered, but suffered bruises on the head and had water in the lungs.

“We are still investigating the cause of death. The case is being investigated as voluntarily causing the death of an infant,” he said, adding that police were looking for the baby’s father with a view to charging him with having sex with a minor.