Baby found in rubbish bin: Support network in place for distressed pregnant women, say social workers

But a few fall through the cracks, say social workers after baby was found in rubbish bin

APRIL 2011: The rooftop garden in Eunos where a baby boy was found buried alive. SHIN MIN FILE PHOTO JANUARY 2020: Cleaners putting back the contents of a rubbish chute bin at Block 534 Bedok North Street 3 after it had been checked by investigators.
JANUARY 2020: Cleaners putting back the contents of a rubbish chute bin at Block 534 Bedok North Street 3 after it had been checked by investigators. A baby boy was found alive in the bin on Tuesday morning.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
JUNE 2016: The body of a newborn boy who was found in a toilet bin at Tampines MRT station.
JUNE 2016: The body of a newborn boy who was found in a toilet bin at Tampines MRT station.TNP FILE PHOTO
APRIL 2011: The rooftop garden in Eunos where a baby boy was found buried alive. SHIN MIN FILE PHOTO JANUARY 2020: Cleaners putting back the contents of a rubbish chute bin at Block 534 Bedok North Street 3 after it had been checked by investigators.
APRIL 2011: The rooftop garden in Eunos where a baby boy was found buried alive.SHIN MIN FILE PHOTO

When an abandoned baby is found, the Ministry of Social and Family Development's (MSF) Child Protective Service will arrange for the child's immediate care, while police investigate the case.

After medical checks are done for the baby, he may be placed under the care of a foster parent while investigations are ongoing, an MSF spokesman told The Straits Times.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 09, 2020, with the headline 'Support network in place for distressed pregnant women'. Print Edition | Subscribe