An Indonesian domestic worker was sentenced to eight months in jail by the Kwun Tong Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday on a charge of concealing the birth of a child, after she abandoned her newborn in a Hong Kong trash-collection center.
Jeminah, 33, pleaded for leniency, telling the judge that she had not been aware she was pregnant before the baby was born, Sing Pao reported, adding that she thought the baby was dead as the girl did not move after delivery.
Magistrate Bina Chainrai reprimanded her, saying the defendant just did not care about her child.
The court earlier heard that on January 12, Jeminah was feeling unwell and was sent to United Christian Hospital. Medical staff found she had an abortion and reported the case to police.
Police later found a fetus, which was around 31 weeks old, concealed in the trash in a collection center at Choi Sing House of Choi Ha Estate in Ngau Tau Kok, East Kowloon, where Jeminah’s employer lived.
The domestic worker said her baby girl was born in the toilet of her employer’s home and she left the child in the trash-collection center.