Maid gives birth to dead baby, hides body in drawer at employer's house

The woman was arrested for concealment of birth by secret disposal of a dead body.
The woman was arrested for concealment of birth by secret disposal of a dead body. PHOTO: SHIN MIN DAILY NEWS
The woman was arrested for concealment of birth by secret disposal of a dead body.
The woman was arrested for concealment of birth by secret disposal of a dead body.PHOTO: SHIN MIN DAILY NEWS

SINGAPORE - A 33-year-old maid who gave birth to a dead baby boy and kept the body in a drawer at her employer's house has been arrested.

The incident occurred on Monday (Oct 19) afternoon at a two-storey house along Lorong Ong Lye in Serangoon.

According to Shin Min Daily News, the woman, said to be a maid from Indonesia, had complained to her employers that she was not feeling well.

She was taken to a clinic and subsequently referred to KK Women's and Children's Hospital for tests, where a doctor suspected that she had recently given birth.

Upon further questioning, the woman admitted to having delivered a baby boy who died on birth and having hidden the body in a drawer in a second-floor room at her employers' house.

When contacted, a police spokesman said it was alerted to the incident at 1.22pm and discovered the baby's body in the drawer.

The baby was pronounced dead by paramedics at the scene.

The spokesman said the woman was arrested for concealment of birth by secret disposal of a dead body.

The Straits Times understands that the baby was born premature at five months old.

Shin Min said the woman has been working for the family - an elderly couple and their daughter, her husband and her 11-year-old son - for more than a year. According to the report, the maid is married with two sons.