Police have launched an investigation into an incident that occurred in Vilimale’ where a one month baby was found dead.
“Police were informed of the death of a baby and we are investigating the case,” a police media official told Minivan News, before declining to provide further information.
However, the official did say that police were not investigating the murder of a baby, as reported by some media outlets, but was investigating the death of a baby in Vilimale’.
Speaking to Minivan News today Director of Vilimale’ health centre, Ahmed Zahir, said that the dead body was brought to the health centre at 2:20pm yesterday.
“It was a female and one month old,” he said. “The baby was bleeding from her nose and mouth when it was brought to the health centre.”
He said the baby was then taken to Male’ after examining at the health centre.
“The baby’s mother and father was arrested as far as I am concerned,’’ he said, adding that he did not have further information on the incident.
According to local media, the incident occurred yesterday (24 March 2013) in Vilimale’, the fifth ward of Male’ city.
People who had witnessed the baby being carried to the health centre have told local newspapers that the baby was bleeding from the nose and mouth and that parts of the infant’s body were swollen in blue colour.
The papers reported that the mother of the baby had told the neighbours that the baby died after she accidentally crushed it under her body.
Sun Online quoted a member of mother’s family as saying that they knew about the incident when the baby’s mother told them the baby was dead yesterday afternoon.
The family also told the paper that the baby’s body was very hard when they touched it before it was taken to the health centre.
They also told the paper that the family members overheard the couple arguing the night before.
According to the paper, the baby was the couple’s first child and both the mother and father have previous drug related offences recorded with the police.
The corpse of a premature baby boy was discovered in Vilimale’ in May 2011, concealed inside a Coast Milk tin.
At the time police arrested a 30 year-old woman from Noonu Atoll who was the suspected mother of the baby, and a 24 year-old woman from Kaafu Atoll who was alleged to have assisted her deliver the baby prematurely.