Monday 19 February 2018

Police search for parents as two-week-old baby found in skip

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Chris Graham

Police are looking for the mother of a two-week-old baby girl that was found in a rubbish skip in the Thai holiday resort of Patong.

The infant, wrapped in a white towel and sitting on the pile of rubbish, was discovered by a man looking for old bottles for recycling.

“We were alerted to the presence of the baby by a person who was was scrounging through the trash at about 1am,” emergency medical responder Yotwaris Rittisirikul told Phuket Gazette.

“She is very cute. She was not even crying, just smiling at me. She was wrapped in a white blanket and looks like a healthy baby,” he added.

Mr Yotwaris said the baby's umbilical cord had already been removed.

“After we found her, we took her to Patong Hospital for a checkup. We hope police find the mother soon,” he said.

The baby weighed three kilos and was declared fit and healthy.

Police believe the mother abandoned the infant because of financial concerns.

"She may have decided to abandon the child because she had no income to support a baby," another rescuer worker told the local media.

"Police are looking for the parents so they can be brought in for questioning."

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