Thursday 6 January 2022

Airport staff find a newborn baby in plane toilet bin

AIR MAURITIUS A330-202 3B-NBM (MSN 0883)

Airport staff found a newborn baby boy in plane toilet bin as 20-year-old woman is arrested in connection with the incident
  • Newborn baby found in the toilet bin of an Air Mauritius plane on New Year's Day
  • Woman, 20, arrested in connection and could be charged for abandoning a baby
  • She initially denied being the mum but medical exam showed she had just given birth
Airport staff in Mauritius have found a newborn baby boy in a plane toilet bin and arrested a 20-year-old woman in connection with the incident. Officials discovered the newborn in the bin of the Air Mauritius plane during a routine customs check after the aircraft touched down in Mauritius on New Year's Day. The baby was born during the flight from Madagascar but was not discovered until the plan landed at Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport (MRU/FIMP) in the capital of Mauritius, Port Louis. The woman detained in connection with the discovery initially denied she was the infant's mother but a medical examination confirmed she had recently given birth.
The Malagasy woman had come to Mauritius on a two year work permit.
She was taken to hospital for treatment and was ordered to undergo a medical examination to confirm whether she had recently given birth.
The unnamed woman and her son are both doing well in hospital.
She is under police surveillance and will be questioned when she is released from hospital, police said. It is expected she will be charged with abandoning her newborn.

This is not the first time a new born has been left on a plane, A similar incident took place in October 2020 when a newborn baby was discovered abandoned in a toilet in Hamad International Airport in the Qatari capital, Doha. Officials then forced thirteen female passengers to undergo an invasive vaginal examination to determine whether the infant's mother was onboard in an incident that sparked widespread outrage.
Qatar later apologised over the searches and handed one official a suspended sentence. The women have demanded legal action against the hard line Islamic nation over the incident.

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