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Two-day-old baby girl found abandoned in Sharjah

The child was discovered by residents at around 7am who immediately notified the police.

SHARJAH // A two-day-old baby girl was found abandoned in the garden of a home in the Al Mansoura neighbourhood on Monday.

The child was discovered at about 7am by neighbours who immediately notified the police. She was taken to Al Qassimi hospital by ambulance and officials have already begun an investigation to find her parents, a police spokesman said.

A spokeswoman from Al Qassimi hospital said the baby’s health was good and she would remain in hospital for the next few days while staff monitor her condition. If there are no issues the child will go to the Sharjah Children Care Centre.

This year an Asian woman was arrested in Umm Al Quwain after she gave birth at home and tried to flush the baby down the toilet.

Police were notified by staff at the emergency department of Umm Al Quwain Hospital after the 30-year-old woman from Sri Lanka turned up bleeding and seeking treatment after having given birth without medical attention.

Officers went to the woman’s home in the UAQ Free Zone and found the baby boy’s body still in the toilet bowl.

A police spokesman said the woman was in severe pain and, as she feared for her life, she left the baby in the toilet and went to hospital. They also found clothes covered with blood in the toilet.

Last year Ajman police arrested the parents of a baby girl found abandoned in a basket at the corniche.

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