A newborn baby boy was found dumped in the bin of a plane toilet by horrified airport staff.
Officials at the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport said customs staff found the newborn while performing a routine check on the plane, BBC reports. The plane had just landed in Plaine Magnien, Mauritius on January 1 when staff made the discovery inside the plane’s bathroom trash bin.
Authorities detained a 20-year-old woman from Madagascar in connection with the incident. The woman initially denied that the baby was hers. She was ordered to undergo a medical exam, which confirmed that she had just delivered a baby, the BBC reported.
She is expected to be charged with abandoning her newborn once released from the hospital, the outlet said. The woman, who arrived in Mauritius on a two-year work permit, has been placed under police surveillance at a local hospital, where she and her son were reportedly doing well. She is expected to be charged with abandoning her newborn once released from the hospital, the outlet said.
Reports about abandoned newborns on planes are rare, but a similar incident happened in October 2020, when all of the female passengers aboard a Qatar Airways flight to Australia were forced to undergo vaginal exams after a baby was found in a toilet at the airport in the capital of Doha.
The incident sparked fury and Qatar made a public apology shortly after.
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