A court in Macau sent a migrant worker to jail on Friday after he was blamed for a newborn baby being abandoned at a refuse depot a year ago.
The case involved a 30-year-old Filipino man surnamed Fajardo and a 25-year-old Indonesian divorcee surnamed Wina.
The pair were sentenced to jail by the Tribunal Judicial de Base in Macau on May 4, although the woman who had the child only received a suspended term.
In May 2016, Wina, a divorced woman with a six-year-old daughter in Indonesia, arrived in Macau and worked in a restaurant where she met Fajardo, who was a married man with a nine-year-old daughter. They started a relationship one month later, Macau Daily News reported.
The woman became pregnant and gave birth in a toilet to a baby boy at 8pm on April 25, 2017. She texted Fajardo about the birth via her mobile phone but was asked to suffocate the baby by holding a pillow over his head.
But Wina refused to kill her child. She wrapped the baby in a towel and abandoned him at a refuse depot near the intersection of Avenida do Dr Francisco Vieira Machado and Travessa 1o de Maio. The baby was in good and stable condition when found by a cleaner, who heard him crying and called the police.
Early last month, the man and the woman pleaded guilty to a charge attempted murder and a charge of desertion, respectively, in the court.
Last Friday, the man (Fajardo) was given a four-year jail term, while the woman was told to serve two-and-a-half years in prison. However, the woman got a three-year suspension of her punishment, after saying she would raise her abandoned son.
The judge condemned the couple for dumping their vulnerable baby.