Date
23 March 2017
Police officers, dressed in protective gear, began an extensive search for a newborn's body Thursday at West New Territories Landfill in Tuen Mun. Photo: TVB
Police officers, dressed in protective gear, began an extensive search for a newborn's body Thursday at West New Territories Landfill in Tuen Mun. Photo: TVB

Search ongoing for newborn dumped in trash bin by Filipino mom

Police have slapped a charge against a Filipino woman who reported that she had dumped her newborn baby in a garbage bin in North Point on Wednesday, Apple Daily reported.

The 37-year-old mother, identified as Maribel Hernandez, has been detained after being charged with “administering drugs to procure abortion”, according to the report.

Authorities had launched a search for her newborn baby but haven’t met with success so far despite inspecting various trash bins on King’s Road, Java Road and Electric Road.

They now believe that the infant may have been carried away along with the trash, which is processed and compressed at the Island West Transfer Station before being taken to a landfill.

After discussions with the Environmental Protection Department, police authorities, in continuing efforts to recover the newborn’s body, have targeted an area where eight containers of garbage were unloaded.

Detectives from the crime unit of the Eastern District Police Headquarters, along with 30 officers from Police Tactical Unit, began an extensive search Thursday at West New Territories Landfill in Tuen Mun. 

However, there has been no sight of the baby. The search operation is still ongoing.

Cops search trash bins for newborn baby ‘dumped’ by Filipino mom (Jan. 7, 2016)

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