Two suspected of killing newborn released on bail

Focus Taiwan
Date: 12/08/2020
By: Hung Hsueh-kuang, Evelyn Kao and Chung Yu-chen

The Qianzhen River in Kaohsiung. CNA file photo

Kaohsiung, Dec. 8 (CNA) A man and his mother suspected of killing a newborn baby in Kaohsiung and subsequently brought in for questioning were released on a bail late Monday.

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.

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