Newborn Baby Found Abandoned in an Airplane Toilet Just Before Landing

International   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Aug 1, 2018   |   9:13AM   |   New Delhi, India

A newborn baby was found in an airplane toilet last Wednesday in New Delhi, India, prompting a police investigation.

The Daily Mail reports airline staff discovered the baby’s body in the toilet on an AirAsia India flight just before it landed Wednesday. Staff described the baby as lifeless, according to the report.

After an examination of the baby’s body, authorities said the baby probably was stillborn and almost certainly was delivered during the flight.

“A suspect has been held back by police for further investigation,” the airline said in a statement to India Today. “The suspect was identified on questioning of all female passengers onboard.”It appears the infant was not abandoned to die in this case. However, infant abandonment and infanticide still occur across the world.

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Many countries have services in place to protect babies from infanticide and help new mothers who are struggling. In America, all 50 states have safe haven laws to protect babies from abandonment and infanticide. Save haven laws allow mothers in crisis to leave their newborns in a safe environment, such as a hospital or fire station, without questions or repercussions, as long as there are no signs of abuse.

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