Newborn's dead body found in bin at Tampines MRT Station toilet

75-year-old cleaner finds the body wrapped in a plastic bag in the female toilet.

The body of a newborn baby boy was found wrapped in a plastic bag at the Tampines MRT Station in Singapore on Friday.

The body was found in a bin in the ground floor female toilet of the building. Cleaner Jumiati Amat told The Straits Times: "I saw the baby in the red plastic bag. I took it out and put it on the table."

The 75-year-old cleaner was on her second clean-up when she found the body. She had first cleared the bin around 7am on Friday.

When she opened the plastic bag, she found the baby lying face up with his eyes and mouth closed. Immediately, she informed two SMRT staff and called the police.

A Singapore Civil Defence Force spokesman said they were informed about the incident around 1.40pm and an ambulance arrived within seven minutes.

The police said the baby was declared dead at the scene by paramedics. A police cordon was set up around the area for further investigations. They were seen to carry out a body bag out of the toilet at 4pm.

This is first known case of an abandoned baby in 2016 in Singapore. The Ministry of Social and Family Development told The Straits Times that between 2006 and 2015, 21 babies were dumped in Singapore. However, last year, there were no cases and only cases were recorded each in 2013 and 2014.

On Feb 4, an 18-year-old was sentenced to two years' probation for leaving his newborn son in an SG50 bag outside his parents' flat last year.