By: Hung Hsueh-kuang, Evelyn Kao and Chung Yu-chen
The man, surnamed Lu (呂), is alleged to have put his 19-year-old daughter's newborn baby into a plastic bag and discarded it in the Qianzhen River in Kaohsiung Sunday because "he did not see the newborn open its eyes soon or cry after birth and thought it was stillborn," according to the Kaohsiung District Prosecutors Office.
Lu's mother, meanwhile, was determined by the office after a preliminary investigation to be complicit in the case for her role in coming up with the idea of throwing the newborn into the river. The baby has yet to be found.
Lu and his mother were released on bail of NT$50,000 (US$1,770) and NT$30,000, respectively.