Domestic helper nabbed after newborn's remains found in Kangar

KANGAR: Police have arrested a 28-year-old Indonesian domestic helper to assist in the investigation of the discovery of the body of a baby boy buried behind her employer’s neighbour’s house in Taman Mutiara here on Dec 30, 2023.

Kangar district police deputy chief Supt Baeyah Abdul Wahab said the arrest was made during a raid at her employer’s house at 2.20pm on Dec 30.

She said the raid was done based on a report from the public regarding the discovery of the body of a baby boy in the backyard of the house at 11.01am the same day.

“Results from the initial investigation found that the baby boy was buried at a depth of five inches, and the area was also open and not fenced.

“The baby still had the umbilical cord attached and was wrapped in white cloth. The baby boy was buried behind her employer’s neighbour’s house,” she told reporters on Wednesday (Jan 3).

According to Baeyah, based on the interrogations conducted on the suspect, she is believed to have buried the baby boy after discovering that the baby was no longer alive after giving birth alone in her employer’s house.

“The suspect gave birth to the baby at noon on Dec 20 and buried the baby the following day at 6.30am. Our investigation found that her employer was in Kuala Lumpur during the incident,” she said.

Baeyah said the employer was unaware that the woman was pregnant as she showed no physical signs of the pregnancy after coming to work in Malaysia in May last year.

She said the suspect has been remanded until Jan 5, and the case is being investigated under Section 318 of the Penal Code.

She added that the body of the baby boy was sent to Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital in Alor Setar. – Bernama