A newborn baby girl was found dumped in a ditch in an oil palm farm at Kampung Melayu Raya, Sagil here today. She was fortunate to be discovered by a rubber tapper.
Acting District Police Chief, Deputy Superintendent Muhammad Salleh, Abd. Razak said the man was surprised when she heard the baby crying from another farm adjoining his farm. He then informed the Sagil police station and a police team was dispatched to the scene. The baby girl was found nude in the ditch which had no water.
"The baby was in good health and is believed to be born in less than 24 hours before she was found," he said when contacted here today.
He said, the baby was sent to the Tangkak Hospital for examination and placed in the hospital ward for further observation.
"The case is being investigated under Section 317 of the Penal Code which carries a maximum sentence of seven years or fine or both, if convicted," he said.
According to him, the police will carry out further investigations to trace the individual who abandoned the baby including DNA test to identify her parents.