A decomposing dead baby “infested with maggots” has been found in a plastic bag dumped on the roadside by a resident who noticed the foul stench after several days.
The dead infant was discovered in Kampung Dato Syed Nahar outside the town of Kuah in the north-western Malaysian state of Kedah by an unnamed villager.
According to local media, the resident was walking past the area when they noticed a foul stench coming from the roadside.
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The villager said that the bag had been lying next to the road for three or four days and was being ignored by other people.
When the smell became too strong to ignore any longer, the villager went to inspect the plastic bag.
Police spokesman Mohd Iqbal Ibrahim told local media: “The person opened the bag and discovered something resembling a baby inside and infested with maggots. The police were then alerted.”
Following a preliminary investigation, the dead infant’s gender cannot be determined due to its advanced state of decomposition, according to reports.
The police said that an autopsy will take place at the Hospital Sultanah Bahiyah in the city of Alor Setar on Friday.