‘Doll’ turns out to be dead baby at garbage dump

Police cordon off the garbage disposal centre in Inanam following the discovery of the body of a baby.

KOTA KINABALU: A food seller was shocked to find the body of a newborn in a pile of rubbish at a garbage disposal centre in Inanam near here today.

Hassanudin Sabang, 28, had gone to the centre at about 12.30am to discard rubbish. There, he saw what looked like a baby doll buried under the rubble.

He soon realised that it was a dead baby boy with the umbilical cord still attached.

He immediately sought help from passers-by to alert the police.

“I really thought it was a doll. I’m very sad. How can people do this?” said Hassanudin, whose wife gave birth a month ago.

City police chief Habibi Majinji said the baby was well-formed and weighed about 4kg, adding that the body had been sent to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital here for an autopsy.

He urged the public to contact the police immediately if they had any information on the incident.