Healthy newborn found abandoned in Semariang bush with umbilical cord intact

A police woman holding the newborn found abandoned in a bush in Bandar Baru Semariang on Nov 29, 2023. Photo credit: Sarawak Edition

KUCHING, Nov 29: An abandoned newborn with an umbilical cord still attached was discovered in a housing area in Bandar Baru Semariang today.

Kuching District Police Chief ACP Ahsmon Bajah confirmed the infant is alive and in good health.

“The baby has been taken to Sarawak General Hospital for further examination. Subsequently, the case will be referred to the Welfare Department,” he stated in a press release while confirming that the police headquarters received a public report on the baby’s discovery today.

The news gained traction on social media, where netizens shared that the newborn was found inside a plastic bag in the bushes near Bandar Baru Semariang.

The discovery was believed to have been made by an elderly woman who heard cries. The baby was found healthy with the umbilical cord still attached.

Following the finding, the baby was taken to a nearby shop to be cleaned.

Ahsmon emphasised that the case is under investigation pursuant to Section 317 of the Penal Code, addressing offenses related to baby dumping and infanticide.

Conviction under this section could result in a maximum imprisonment of up to seven years, a fine, or both.

Ahsmon urged the public to provide any information related to the incident at the nearest police station. — DayakDaily