Kuching baby dumping case re-classified as murder

ADIB POVERA


KUCHING: A woman arrested for allegedly dumping her baby at the Samajaya Apartments here yesterday could possibly face the gallows when the case is brought to court.


This follows the decision by the police to re-classify the case under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder, which carries the mandatory death sentence upon conviction.


State Criminal Investigation Department chief Datuk Dev Kumar said police found new evidence that the baby girl was still alive when she was stuffed inside a box and later dumped into the refuse bins.


The case was previously investigated under Section 318 of the same Act for concealment of birth by disposal of a dead body.


“The 24-year-old suspect has been remanded for a week until April 19. She is now being treated at the Sarawak General Hospital here,” he said.


At the moment, Dev said no other arrests have been made in connection with the case.


It was reported that a cleaner at the apartment found the body of the dead infant stuffed inside a red-coloured package, slightly larger than a shoe box, about 10am yesterday.


The suspect, who is a third year diploma student of a nearby college, from Belaga, was arrested about two hours after the shocking discovery.


Preliminary investigation yesterday showed that the baby was delivered the same day about 6.30 am in the bathroom of the apartment unit, located few blocks away from the waste area.