A 35-year-old woman suspected of being a drug addict died after giving birth to a baby girl by herself in a subdivided flat in Tai Po on Wednesday.
The woman surnamed Wong died in the hospital, but her baby was safe and sound after getting medical treatment, Ming Pao Daily reported on Thursday.
After giving birth, she took a selfie with her baby and posted the picture on her Facebook account, the report said.
A neighbor surnamed Siu said he arrived at the residential building on Kwong Fuk Road early Wednesday, and noticed that the door to her neighbor’s flat was ajar and the lights were out.
He walked into the apartment and found that the woman had passed out in bed.
A newborn baby was lying next to her on a blood-soaked sheet with her head on a pillow and her body covered with a quilt, he said.
Paramedics were called and the woman was rushed to the hospital, where she later died.
Doctors said the woman had given birth about three weeks earlier than her due date for delivery. The baby weighs about four pounds.
Police said the Wong had been living with her 35-year-old boyfriend, surnamed Lu, in the subdivided flat. The woman was on the government’s Comprehensive Social Security Assistance Scheme.
The man, who is married to another woman, was arrested by the police later.
Lu, who is a transport worker, said he had never known that she was pregnant.
He said fled the flat as he was shocked to see a lot of blood coming out of Wong after she had given birth.
The police found methamphetamine, a stimulant commonly known as ice, in Lu’s possession as well as other drugs inside the flat.
Investigation showed that Wong used a pair of scissors to cut the baby’s umbilical cord, and took pictures of herself with her newborn baby.
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