Indonesian detained for burying alive newborn baby in Malaysia

Other News Materials 9 January 2008 07:37 (UTC +04:00)

( dpa )- Malaysian cops have detained an Indonesian man and his Malaysian girlfriend for allegedly burying alive their newborn baby girl, a news report said Wednesday.

The 38-year-old suspect was believed to have bundled the newborn baby in a blanket shortly after he helped his 20-year-old girlfriend deliver pre-dawn Tuesday, at their garage home in the southern state of Johor .

He allegedly buried the infant, who was believed to be about two hours old, in an 80cm deep hole about 500 metres away from their home, district head of the criminal investigation department Mohamad Nor Rasid was quoted as saying by the New Straits Times daily.

Investigations also revealed that the suspect had entered the country illegally two years ago and worked as a labourer .

Mohamad Nor said the police were alerted by the woman's parents who lodged a police report after they became suspicious when they paid their daughter a visit and realized that the baby was missing even though their daughter had just delivered.

The suspect, said to also have an 18-month-old son with the woman, later led police to the location of the buried infant.

Police said the Indonesian national and his girlfriend would be held to aid the investigation.