Newborn baby found dead, wrapped in plastic in airplane bathroom: Police

Police in Indonesia arrested the suspected mother of a newborn infant who was found dead and wrapped in a plastic bag, hidden in an airplane toilet drawer.

The chilling discovery was made by cleaners over the weekend who found the dead infant inside a lavatory, hidden within a drawer aboard an Etihad Airbus A330, after it had landed at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakarta, Indonesia, Business Insider reported.

Local law enforcement believe a woman, Hani, a 37-year-old migrant worker from West Java, secretly gave birth during the flight and then disposed of the newborn.

“The woman was economy class but then laid down on a business-class seat with an oxygen mask,” passenger Francesco Calore said.

“The captain then announced we should divert to Bangkok.”

It wasn’t clear to the plane’s passengers whether Hani was pregnant or had given birth. The airline company, Eithad, has a policy that expectant mothers need a medical certificate to fly during the last ten weeks of pregnancy.

It is suspected that shortly after takeoff, about four hours into the flight, Hani began bleeding, forcing the captain to divert. Upon landing, a medical team boarded the plane to remove Hani at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport. The flight then continued to Jakarta without the suspected mother aboard.

On a later flight, the suspect arrived in Jakarta where she was arrested by police following the grisly discovery.

“She didn’t look healthy and won’t be questioned until she is fit,” airport police chief Ahmad Yusef told AFP.

The infant’s cause of death of is yet to be determined.

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