Infant found abandoned on highway

James Kon

The Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) sought public assistance after a newborn infant was found abandoned on Wednesday afternoon.

Weighing only 680 grammes, the female infant was found bundled in a towel inside a box at the electric sub-station on the Muara-Tutong Highway.

Officers from the Muara Police Station immediately brought the infant to the Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital, where she is receiving care and is currently in stable condition.

The case has been referred to the Women and Children Abuse Investigation Unit under the RBPF’s Criminal Investigation Department.

The Community Development Department (JAPEM) has also been informed, with regard to the infant’s needs and welfare.

This is the first child abandonment case this year, and the second to be reported in nearly a month.

On December 18, a baby boy weighing 3.45kg was found abandoned at Jalan Pasai, Sengkurong. Through public assistance, the Women and Children Abuse Investigation Unit was able to trace and identify a suspect in the case.

Anyone with more information on the latest case is urged to contact the Women and Children Abuse Investigation Unit at 2459500 ext 496 or the police hotline at 993, or the nearest police station.

Information can also be relayed to the police at www.police.gov.bn or @upa.ppdb on Instagram.

The electric sub-station at Muara-Tutong Highway where the infant was found. PHOTO: ROYAL BRUNEI POLICE FORCE