A Thailand community witnessed a horrifying event Tuesday when a mother allegedly threw her newborn baby boy out of a 17th floor window, killing the child.
Police arrested Netchanok Nokyungtong, 20, of Pattaya, Thailand, after she admitted to the act, according to the Daily Mail.
The young woman said she was desperate because the married man with whom she was having an affair abandoned her when she told him she was pregnant. Nokyungtong also told police that the man pressured her to have an abortion.
According to police, Nokyungtong went into labor Tuesday afternoon in her apartment in the high rise and gave birth to a healthy baby boy. Police said she wrapped the baby in a plastic bag and threw him out the window.
A man who lives on the fourth floor of the building saw the bundle fall around 5 p.m. and went down to the street to see what it was, police said. Seeing that it was a baby, the man called police, according to the report.
Police said they arrived to find the baby dead with his umbilical cord still attached.
Pattaya Police Colonel Apichai Khemphet said Nokyungtong will face prosecution.
“Miss Netchanok Nokyungtong gave birth in bathroom where blood was found on the floor. She said she was shocked and not ready for the birth,” Khemphet said. “The boyfriend is a married foreigner from South Korea who did not want to stay with her. She was heartbroken because he returned to his family.”
Khemphet said the community is in shock after the “very brutal crime.”
“The baby was born in a healthy condition,” the police colonel said. “The mother did not have grief for what had happened. Her boyfriend had left and tried to tell her to abort the baby. She said she did not have money to support the child.”
According to police, the mother currently is in the hospital. When she is well enough to leave, she will remain in police custody, police said.
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