Date
21 October 2017
Police carry a bloodied mattress found at the State Theatre Building on King's Road in North Point. Photos: Google Map, Ming Pao
Police carry a bloodied mattress found at the State Theatre Building on King's Road in North Point. Photos: Google Map, Ming Pao

Cops search trash bins for newborn baby ‘dumped’ by Filipino mom

Police raced against time in a desperate search for a newborn baby that a Filipino mother said she dumped in a garbage bin on Electric Road in North Point on Wednesday.

Around 50 officers inspected all the trash bins on King’s Road, Java Road and Electric Road but failed to find any sign of the infant.

Police did not rule out the possibility that the baby might have been transported to a landfill along with other rubbish, and vowed to continue with the search.

This came after the 37-year-old mother, surnamed Hernandez, who used to work as a domestic helper but whose employment visa had expired, was found bleeding by her Filipino friend at a subdivided flat on the second floor of State Theatre Building on King’s Road shortly after 10 a.m. Wednesday.

Police and paramedics came to send her to Eastern Hospital, where medical staff found that she had just given birth.

It was learned that Hernandez had taken abortion pills and had been pregnant for eight months.

She said she had given birth at around 1 a.m. on Wednesday at a dark corner on Electric Road near City Garden.

The crime unit of the Eastern District Police Headquarters is following up the case, which has been categorized as “using drugs to facilitate abortion”.

Hernandez could also face charges for overstaying as both her employment contract and work visa had expired.

Meanwhile, a bloodied mattress was found abandoned in the staircase between the first and second floor of the building where she was found.

Investigators suspect that it could be related to the case and the baby might actually have been born on the mattress rather than on the street.

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