While most families would be thrilled at the birth of a child, there are some babies who get abandoned once they’re born due to certain circumstances.
Yesterday (Apr 29), a woman was stunned to hear of and see a newborn baby boy who was abandoned under a tree near a factory in Kampung Peramu, Kuantan.
Newborn baby boy found abandoned
The woman, 31-year-old Norhazilawati Nasron, told Sinar Harian that the incident came to light after her mother-in-law called her after receiving a call from a neighbour named Mok Ti who stumbled upon the baby at 12.30pm.
“The baby wasn’t swaddled in any clothing or bedding when it was found and a large crowd had gathered when I went out of the house. Thankfully, Mok Ti had picked up the child and wrapped it in batik cloth,” she said.
Norhazilawati added that no one knew when the baby was abandoned and that it had its umbilical cord cut off and the body marked with insect bite marks.
She also said that she was shocked to witness a case of child abandonment for herself.
We usually hear news and see pictures, but this time we saw a case of someone abandoning a baby in front of our eyes. It was really shocking.
“We also tried finding for any relevant documents regarding the newborn baby but couldn’t find any. The child was later taken to the Tengku Ampuan Afzan Hospital for further treatment after police arrived at the scene,” she said.
Police investigating incident
Meanwhile, Kuantan district police chief Assistant Commissioner Wan Mohd Zahari Wan Busu confirmed the incident and said the forensic team from the Pahang Contingent Police Headquarters has taken samples of bloodstains found at the scene for further investigation.
He also said that CCTV footage of the factory where the baby was abandoned is currently being studied to identify the suspect involved but admitted it was a difficult task as the CCTV wasn’t facing towards the direction of the location where the baby was left.
“We’re not ruling out the possibility of the baby being born at another place before it was left behind near the factory,” he said.
The case is being probed under Section 317 of the Penal Code for the abandonment of a child below 12 years old, where it carries a jail term of up to seven years, a fine, or both.