On 29 March 2023, authorities received a report of a suspicious death at the foot of an HDB building in Hougang. The deceased was found to be an infant.
A second-floor unit of the block was then been cordoned off and police officers were observed outside. Additionally, drops of blood were noticed in the lift lobby nearest to the aforementioned unit.
Other than the fact that an 18-year-old is assisting with investigations, no details about the case have been revealed.
However, Shin Min Daily News has reported more information about the incident.
Body of Baby Found at Foot of Hougang HDB Block Still Has Umbilical Cord Attached
According to Shin Min, whose reporters spoke to residents nearby, it’s revealed that the HDB unit that the police officers were in was occupied by three people: the 18-year-old woman, her father and her grandmother.
Residents had not noticed that the woman was pregnant.
On the day of the incident, it was reported that the 18-year-old was also spotted being conveyed to the hospital with the lower half of her body covered in blood.
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In addition, it’s mentioned that the baby was found with their umbilical cord still attached, which led to the speculation that the woman had given birth at home.
It’s unknown whether the baby survived the delivery.
A young man was also spotted accompanying the grandmother.
Residents living in the area said that the place is usually relatively quiet.
Abandonment Case in 2020
Back in January 2020, a newborn baby was found abandoned inside a rubbish chute located at Blk 534 Bedok North Street 3.
The baby was still alive.
A month later, on 14 February 2020, a 26-year-old woman was arrested for abandoning her baby, and was charged with exposure and abandonment of a child under 12 years old, under Section 317 of the Penal Code.
The penalty for the offence is an imprisonment term of up to seven years, or a fine, or both.
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