Three arrested after mother claims child given away for adoption without her consent

FARIS FUAD

KUALA LUMPUR: Three women managing a home in Bukit Beruntung, Selangor were detained by police yesterday after a report claiming her newborn baby was handed to an adoptive family without her consent.

Hulu Selangor district police chief Supt Lim Bak Phai said the suspects aged between 25 and 55 were believed to be the owners and caretakers of the home.

He said police seized the home's registration documents, a laptop and six cellphones as part of investigations.

An officer at the Welfare Department (JKM) conducted a check at the premise and rescued a 17-year-old teenatger who had given birth at the home on Aug 20.

"Further checks by JKM found that nine other pregnant teenagers are currently staying at the home," he said, adding that the officer then lodged a police report.

The 17-year-old victim from Senai, Johor was believed to have been sent to the premise by her parents after they found out she was pregnant.

"The victim made a payment of RM4,000.

"After her child was born, the victim failed to settle the balance of RM5,500 to the home.

"The baby was then given to an adoptive family without her consent. Her child however was returned to her by the adoptive family at 12pm yesterday," Lim said.

All suspects were taken to the Kuala Kubu Bharu court at 10am today to be remanded. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd