KEY POINTS

  • The baby was found inside a backpack, wrapped in a towel
  • The police were alerted by local residents
  • Authorities are investigating the incident and looking for the child's mother

A newborn baby girl was found alive inside a backpack, which was abandoned on top of mailboxes near an apartment, in Malaysia.

The incident took place Sunday in Paya Terubong, Penang. Local residents discovered the backpack and rescued the baby, who was wrapped in a towel.

According to North East District Police Chief, Assistant Commissioner Soffian Santong, the police received a call from a man informing them he had discovered the baby.

“Examinations found that the baby did not suffer any injuries but the umbilical cord of the baby was cut,” he said, according to the Star. More details about the baby were not known. 

"The baby has been taken to the Penang Hospital for further examination and no documents were found inside the bag," he added.

The case is being investigated under Section 317 of the Penal Code for child abandonment, officials said.

Authorities said the area where the baby was abandoned does not have CCTV cameras around and there were no witnesses so far. Further investigations were being conducted to trace the people who dumped the child and authorities were trying to locate the baby's mother. 

Police urged the public to come forward with information about the incident.

newborn Representational image. Photo: Getty Images/Christopher Furlong

In a recent incident in Mexico, a newborn baby was found abandoned inside a pizza box on a sidewalk. The seven-day-old baby was found inside the pizza box wrapped in a blanket. A passerby noticed the baby and immediately alerted the local authorities.

Officials arrived at the scene and found a handwritten note inside the pizza box which said, "Take care of my grandson. My daughter died while giving birth and I don’t have [a way] to support him and I hope he has a better life and God forgive me."

The baby was rushed to a local hospital for medical evaluation, Mexico News Daily reported.

"It's sad to hear that a baby is abandoned due to lack of financial resources. This beauty was found today. Beyond the message, this is when we should show solidarity and take care of the baby. I'll take care of the baby's spending as long as it takes. Rest in peace your holy mother, and God forgive your grandmother," Tlaltenango Mayor Miguel Ángel Varela Pinedo said in a Facebook post at the time.