Police have launched an investigation following the discovery of the body of a newborn baby in a women’s toilet at a shopping mall in Sham Tseng, New Territories.
A clerk at a shop in Chan Kee Plaza on Castle Peak Road called the police after she found a dead baby boy inside a toilet stall sometime after 7 pm on Monday.
The baby, which had the umbilical cord and placenta still attached to it, was found wrapped in several layers of plastic and other materials, Apple Daily reports.
It suggested that someone had abandoned the new born soon after giving birth.
The police arrived soon after receiving the alert and sealed off the area.
According to Chan Tat-ming, Tsuen Wan assistant district police commander, initial checks by a forensic examiner indicated that the baby has been dead for more than 48 hours.
The body, which bore no external injuries, was emanating a foul smell. A post-mortem is expected to take place Wednesday.
The baby was wrapped in five layers of materials, including a black recycling bag, stockings, absorbent paper and a plastic bag that had the logo of Hakuhinkan Toy Park, a famous toy store in Ginza, Japan.
As the toy store has no branch in Hong Kong, Chan has urged people who had traveled to Ginza over the past six months to call the police if they feel they can share any useful information.
Meanwhile, dozens of policemen and officers from the force’s Tactical Unit have begun to search the neighborhood of the mall, scouring through trash bins and the like, for potential clues.
However, nothing helpful has been found yet.
Footage from security cameras at the shops in the mall have been taken by the police for inspection.
According to barrister Albert Luk Wai-hung, a person could face life imprisonment if he or she discards a baby and causes the infant’s death.
If the death occurred prior to the abandonment, the person could be jailed for two years, he said.
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