Thai teen charged with poisoning new-born baby
A TEEN mum is alleged to have poisoned her newborn using drain cleaner before throwing her from a third-floor balcony into a bin.
The 18-year-old, named only as Aom, reportedly confessed to police she killed the baby girl after a surprise birth having not known she was pregnant.
The infant was found by neighbours wrapped in black bags in a communal bin outside a block of flats in the city of Nonthaburi in central Thailand on July 23.
She was rushed to hospital but succumbed to severe internal injuries a few days later.
Officers were pointed to a room in the block after checking CCTV footage and seeing a black package being hurled from a third-floor ledge.
They later found blood reported to have been Aom’s in the bathroom of the flat.
The mother had fled to a nearby property with her boyfriend, named as Jay, 23, but the couple were both arrested last Tuesday.
Aom initially denied the killing, but reportedly confessed after being presented with DNA and CCTV evidence.
The pair were initially charged with attempted murder, which was upgraded to murder after the baby’s death in hospital.
The baby died in hospital days after being poisoned with drain cleaner and thrown from a balcony – Credit: Viral Press
Aom allegedly told police she had not known she was pregnant and that she “panicked” after giving birth unexpectedly, wanting to hide the birth from her boyfriend.
She reportedly said: “I went into the toilet after I felt a squeeze around my lower abdomen area.
“The baby arrived after that and I was panicking.
“I did not want my boyfriend to know about it.
“I decided to pour the drain cleaner all over the baby’s face and into its mouth then thrown it away.
“I then cleaned the blood in the toilet after that.”
Both she and Jay, who is not the baby’s biological father, were detained and remanded in custody.
The pair were later taken on a crime re-enactment at the scene.
Jay denied any involvement in the killing, saying: “She just ordered me to buy her a sanitary napkin then leave her alone on that day.
“After I came back the room has been cleaned but I did not notice anything suspicious but my girlfriend’s fatigue.” Police said they did not believe Jay’s version of events.
Colonel Pongjak Preechakarunpong said: ”Sadly the baby girl died and the charges were made more serious, from attempting to kill her baby to murder.
”Both of the suspects have been denied bail.
“The mother admitted all charges but her boyfriend denies helping her.
“However, we will also charge him as, from the evidence, we believe he was involved.”