Newborn baby found in hawker’s hut near Miri Crocodile Farm

The wooden hut where the newborn baby boy was found on Sunday morning.

By Brad Rantayy

MIRI, March 8: A newborn baby boy, with the umbilical cord still intact, was found alive in a wooden hut used by fish hawkers in Kuala Baram here.

According to sources, a woman in her 20s claimed to have found the infant, weighing 2.9kg and wrapped in a sarong, when she walked pass by the area.

The woman alleged to have heard a “crying” sound coming from the hut located next to Miri Crocodile Farm, situated about 14km from the city.

“Subsequently, a family driving by the area saw the young woman waving for help.

“They were on their way to the crocodile farm when the saw the woman by the roadside and clutching to ‘something’. Curiosity prompted them to pull over. Shocked with the discovery, they immediately called the police,” the source said.

The newborn baby boy was found wrapped in a sarong, abandoned at a fish hawker’s hut.

Police arrived after receiving a distress call at around 10am. Miri police chief ACP Lim Meng Seah, when contacted, said the baby has been taken to Miri Hospital.

The case is being investigated under Section 317 of the penal code for abandonment of a child. — DayakDaily