Police investigate death of newborn baby in Belait

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BELAIT

THE Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) have launched an investigation into the death of a newborn initially found alive yesterday at the garage of a house at Panaga’s National Housing Scheme.

The woman who found the baby at her friend’s mother’s house told the police yesterday that the baby passed away when she was rush-ing him to the Suri Seri Begawan Hospital in Kuala Belait. Hospital staff promptly informed the police, who managed to locate the child’s parents and subsequently brought the baby’s mother to the hospital for further examination.

An autopsy has been conducted to determine the cause of death.

The Seria police station and the women and child abuse investigation unit of the Criminal Investigation Department have engaged the Community Development Department to look into the welfare of the child’s family.

RBPF also said that they did not record any report about children being hung to death, after a picture of two children hanging went viral on social media yesterday – with an accompanying message claiming the incident had taken place at Jalan Teripas where the baby was found.

Residents of Jalan Teripas when interviewed yesterday were left confused by the viral messages and pictures – with many uncertain of the truthfulness of the content being spread. “I saw multiple police cars close to mid-day when returning from work, with one of the terrace houses cordoned off by the police with tape.

“At the same time we were receiving viral pictures of our simpang, together with pictures of children being hung. We (neighbours) were frightened and did not know which part was true,” said one of the residents in the same block of terrace houses where the baby was allegedly found.

Police also warned against spreading news that is false or has yet to be proven, as it may cause panic amongst the community.

The Brunei Times