Friday 24 November 2017

Hong Kong police search landfill for newborn allegedly dumped in rubbish bag

The Tuen Mun landfill is one of the biggest in Hong Kong
The Tuen Mun landfill is one of the biggest in Hong Kong

David Kearns

A desperate search is on to find a newborn baby who was allegedly dumped into a rubbish bin on a street in Hong Kong.

A 37-year-old woman was arrested by police on suspicion of having thrown the premature baby in the bin after taking an abortion pill to induce labour.

According to the South China Morning Post the baby has not yet been found and police are continuing their search of three containers in the Tuen Mun landfill.

About 30 officers in protective clothing and masks arrived at an area of the landfill on Thursday where household rubbish in Hong Kong is unloaded and sorted.

A police source told the newspaper that the search will be called off this evening if the baby is not found.

“Initial investigation showed that the woman delivered a baby shortly after midnight [on Wednesday] and that the baby was dumped into a rubbish bin in Electric Road near City Garden,” a source said.

After the unsuccessful search of bins in the area where the child was allegedly abandoned police were told that the rubbish collected was sent to the Tuen Mun landfill.

It is understood that officers seized blood-soaked towels from the flat were the child’s mother is believed to live.

Blood was also reportedly found on a mattress that was abandoned in a staircase between the first and second floors of the building.

In 2014, police in Hong Kong searched the same Tuen Mun landfill for a baby believed to have been abandoned in a similar incident but that child was never found.

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