This allegedly heartbreaking news surfaced on reddit’s r/singapore community.
First uploaded by Reddit user 777ABC yesterday, 28 Feb 2019 at around 8 PM, the thread went by the tragic title: “Singapore couple went Taiwan to secretly give birth & abandon their dead daughter there.”
“For those who do not understand Chinese.
A dead baby girl was found dead in Taipei in a recycling bin & the man who threw the girl was found to have flown in from Singapore.
The woman who was with the man is 24 & a photo of her is in the youtube link.
They flew back the day after throwing the dead baby girl in Taiwan so as to escape the law, no doubt”
In sharing this post, 777ABC drew attention to a Youtube video that looks to be a Taiwanese television news report.
Here it is:
According to another video news reports, a 23-year-old man and a 24-year-old woman arrived in Taiwan on 16th Feb and checked into a hotel located at Taiwan’s popular shopping district Ximending.
They had allegedly stayed in the hotel room for 8 days, and the abandonment of the child was said to have taken place on 26 Feb at 3:49 AM before they boarded a 4:30 PM return flight on the same day to Singapore.
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During the entire 8-day stay, it was reported by Taiwan media that the woman had not once left the hotel, whilst the man went on frequent supply runs to nearby stores.
The deceased child was apparently found in this back-alley inside a recycling bin.
Searching For A ‘Safe’ Place To Dispose Of The Body
In yet more footage procured by TVBS, these series of images cut from the video shows the 23-year-old man walking furtively along a dark alley.
In his hand is a black trash bag which allegedly contained the body of the deceased girl infant.
The body of the infant was subsequently found by a cleaner who had sliced open the plastic bag while clearing the area.
Punishment for infanticide
Questions abound as to why the couple had chosen Taiwan as their abandonment ground.
According to news footage, this is a screenshot of the criminal punishment child abandonment and infanticide brings, both in Taiwan and Singapore.
Infanticide in Taiwan is punishable with a minimum jail sentence of 7 years upwards to life imprisonment.
While in Singapore, it is punishable with imprisonment for life, or with imprisonment for a term which may extend to 10 years, and also a fine.
While the news footage states that Singapore’s punishment is harsher, it is not certain if Taiwan normally sentences close to its minimum 7-year term and/or if Singapore does so near to its 10-year maximum.
Either way, both countries’ maximum jail term for infanticide extends to life imprisonment.
Planned or Incidental?
Whether or not this act of abandonment was planned or incidental is also on the authorities’ lips.
They didn’t know as the couple flew out of Taiwan on the same day.
It also wasn’t known if the baby girl was a stillborn or alive after birth.
The Taiwan authorities have apparently reached out to its Singapore counterparts for assistance on this case.
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