DNA of Singaporean couple's bloodstain matches new-born dumped in waste bin

World | 4 Mar 2019 8:38 pm

A DNA test on a bloodstain obtained from a Taipei hotel where a Singaporean couple had stayed proves that it matches the blood of a newborn baby girl whose body was found dumped in a kitchen waste container near the hotel last week, police said today.

An autopsy on the body will be done tomorrow Tuesday to determine whether the baby girl had been dumped after or before her death, police said.

Once the cause of death has been identified, the Criminal Investigation Bureau will request help from police in Singapore in the investigation, they said.

The DNA test result is just part of the evidence that is needed to determine the Singaporean couple's role in the case, police said, expressing hope that they can be allowed to be questioned in Taiwan to help solve the case, in which they are listed as suspects.

The body of the baby girl, wrapped in a black plastic bag, was found by a worker at a recycling company in New Taipei's Xindian District on February 26.

After screening street camera footage, police traced a man who dumped a plastic bag into a kitchen waste can in front of a barbecue restaurant in Ximending in the early hours of that day. It was later picked up by a garbage truck and taken to Xindian.

The body was found to have the umbilical cord and placenta intact, but it remains unclear whether it was disposed of after or before death, the police said.

The Singaporean man, in his 20s, checked into a hotel in Ximending with his girlfriend February 19 after entering Taiwan earlier that day.

Hotel workers told police that the woman appeared to be pregnant upon checking in, but her belly was flat when she checked out.

Police confirmed that the couple left Taiwan February 26 after the incident was exposed by local media.

If the newborn died before birth, the suspects could be charged with abandoning a corpse, police explained. However, if she died after birth, the suspects could be charged with negligent homicide and abandoning a corpse, investigators said.

Singapore-based media reported that the man denied that his girlfriend was pregnant and dismissed Taiwanese media reports on the incident.

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