Newborn baby found dead, wrapped in plastic in airplane bathroom

Angelo Anderson
January 9, 2018

A newborn baby was found dead and wrapped in a plastic bag in an airplane lavatory Sunday morning at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, near Jakarta, Indonesia.

A 37-year-old woman, who was returning home after four years of domestic work in Abu Dhabi, was arrested upon returning to Indonesia. The cause of death has not yet been determined.

Etihad crew member Francesco Calore told AFP that the woman, described as a migrant worker from Cianjur in Western Java, was in economy but laid on a business class seat with an oxygen mask after she fell ill. "The captain then announced we should divert to Bangkok", the Star Online reported.

The mother of the child flew to Jakarta from Bangkok on a later flight and will be questioned when she is deemed fit to do so.

The woman began bleeding halfway through the flight, according to AFP, and the Airbus A330 she was traveling on had to divert at Bangkok so a medical team could evacuate her.

Hani was arrested shortly after she arrived in Indonesia
GETTY JAKARTA AIRPORT Hani was arrested shortly after she arrived in Indonesia

The check-in hall at the newly opened terminal 3 at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, on the outskirts of Jakarta, early on August 9, 2016.

Police say Hani worked as a domestic helper in Abu Dhabi for four years.

"The woman is now at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport's health centre".

According to a report in Jakarta Post, the head of Jakarta's airport police's criminal division, Mirzal Maulana, said investigation in the case was still ongoing. She reportedly abandoned the newborn because it was conceived during an extramarital affair with her employer in Abu Dhabi. When officers opened up the bundle, they discovered the body of a full-term baby boy. The officers were informed by the public about a suspicious bundle wrapped in a black sweater and thrown in the waste bin.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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