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Woman arrested over dumping infant's body in garbage

2013 Jun 22

By Madura Ranwala

Talangama police yesterday morning arrested a 32-year-old woman for allegedly killing her newborn baby and dumping the body into a garbage truck of the Kaduwela Municipal Council by hiding it inside a garbage bag. of a bungalow where she was employed.

The postmortem conducted by the Judicial Medical Officer, Dr. Muditha Kudagamage of the National Hospital, returned an open verdict saying the baby had been born in good health.

The police arrested the mother of the baby girl in a few hours of being informed of the discovery by the Kaduwela Municipal workers on Wednesday night as they found a corpse of a new born inside a garbage bag stuffed with trash.

"We were able to trace the suspect due to the vigilance of the Municipal Council workers and the body of the baby girl seemed healthy, police sources said.

According to the police, the woman, living in Bandarawela, had been abandoned by her husband with two children. She had given birth to the baby girl outside her marriage. She had been able to conceal the fact that she was pregnant from her employer during the entire period of her pregnancy period as she was chubby and wore loose attires.

"Her paramour, living in Bandarawela, would be arrested for questioning as it was a cold blooded killing," senior police officer said.

Her employer is a wealthy businessman in the Pahalawela area, who has ten women as domestic workers.

Police investigations revealed that the suspect had given birth to the child on Sunday morning (16) and secretly dumped it in the garbage on Wednesday night.

The arresting  team comprised Senior Superintendent of Police Mervin Wickremesinghe,  Talangama police OIC Upul Perera, Inspector Kamal Kodithuwakku, Sub-Inspector K. S. Ranjith, Constables Pushpakumara (17338), Jayasinghe (50173), Siriwardana (6067) and Chinthaka (61133).

Colombo South, DIG Sumith Edirisinghe directed the investigations.

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