S’porean lady arrested for allegedly abandoning newborn baby in Bedok


A 26-year-old Singaporean female has been arrested by the police for allegedly abandoning her newborn baby in Bedok.

Baby found in a plastic bag in a bin on Jan. 7, 2020

On the morning of Jan. 7, 2020, a newborn baby boy was found abandoned at Blk 534 Bedok North Street 3, inside a rubbish chute.

You can read about the incident here.

Through investigations on the ground and footage from CCTVs in the neighbourhood, the Bedok Police Division was able to identify the suspect who is believed to be the mother of the child.

Woman to be charged in court on Feb. 15, 2020

The suspect will be charged in court today with exposure and abandonment of a child under 12 years old, under Section 317 of the Penal Code.

If convicted, she faces jail for up to seven years, or a fine, or both.

Helplines for expectant mothers
Expectant mothers can seek help from these helplines:
Pregnancy Crisis Service: 6339- 9770
Safe Place: 6817-4202
24-hour Mum-To-Be Helpline: 1800-686-8623
For teenagers facing a pregnancy crisis, they can seek help from the BABES 24-hour call or SMS helpline: 8111-3535

Top photos by Rexanne Yap.

Share this story: About Sumita Thiagarajan

Sumita dreams of a world where humans live in perfect harmony with animals, including rats, pigeons and cockroaches. If you’re bored, you can always ask Sumita to tell you cool facts about our native snakes, or bomb-sniffing hero rats.

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