The newborn was found dead in a plastic bag in the bathroom drawer of an Etihad plane.
The newborn was found dead in a plastic bag in the bathroom drawer of an Etihad plane.

Mum abandons newborn on plane

THE body of a newborn was found wrapped in a plastic bag and stashed in the bathroom of an Etihad Airways plane after the mother gave birth during the flight, according to reports.

The 37-year-old Indonesian woman, identified by local media as Hani, was arrested after a cleaning crew made the horrific discovery at Jakarta International Airport on Saturday night, the New York Post reports.

The woman, a migrant worker, had started to bleed hours after the flight had taken off from Abu Dhabi, forcing the pilot to divert to Bangkok.

She was removed from the plane once it landed in the capital of Thailand and the dead baby was found inside a drawer in a lavatory only after the plane made it to its final destination, according to Sky News.

Jakarta Airport police chief Ahmad Yusef told Agence France-Presse that the woman "didn't look healthy and won't be questioned until she is fit. The woman is now at the airport's health centre."

Officials are still working to determine the cause of death.

According to the Jakarta Post, the woman admitted to investigators that the child was her baby and that she left him in the bin because she got pregnant with her employer in Abu Dhabi.

The woman, according to the news outlet, is married to another man and has children.

This story was originally published in the New York Post and was republished with permission.


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