Infant's body found in airplane's toilet with its mouth's stuffed with paper; young mother held for questioning
The baby's 19-year-old mother has been arrested but she refuses to talk about it. Police are investigating whether she had given birth to the stillborn child on board the airplane.
A baby's corpse was found abandoned in an airplane toilet in India. The authorities are currently investigating whether a woman had given birth to the stillborn child on board the aircraft. The airline staff had discovered the body of the infant in the toilet of an AirAsia flight in India on July 25. It was reported that the staff had found the baby with toilet paper stuffed inside its mouth. The corpse is with a coroner at the moment and a postmortem examination is being conducted to find the cause of death.
NDTV reported that the mother is 19-years-old and has been arrested by the authorities. She is currently still in custody. Sanjay Bhatia, a police official, told AFP: "A 19-year-old acknowledged that she had delivered the baby and was taken to the hospital for medical attention and examination. She has only told us that she is a sportsperson but refused medical examination or (to give) any more details about the incident."
The investigators on the case have said that they are trying to contact the family of the young mother to question them. As per the preliminary investigation, the teen is said to be a native of Imphal, the capital city of the state of Manipur in India. The Deccan Chronicle reported that the aircraft had been flying the Imphal-Guwahati-New Delhi route. The body of the infant was found when the flight was about to land in the last stop, which is the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi.
The authorities in New Delhi have registered the death of the infant and are investigating whether the child had been stillborn, Zee News, however, had reported earlier that a case of murder had been registered against the young mother by the Delhi Police.
AirAsia, a Malaysian low-cost airline with its headquarters near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, said in a statement that the 19-year-old mother had been identified after all the female passengers who were on board the flight had been questioned upon landing. The statement said: "A newborn infant was found lifeless and abandoned onboard the aircraft."
A doctor from the medical team at Delhi International Airport confirmed that the baby had been delivered on board. The matter has been reported to Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DCGA) and the airline's staff are attending to other guests and cooperating with Delhi Police. We will be assisting in the investigation and cooperating with all concerned agencies."
The mother faces a fine and up to two years in jail.