Vietnamese worker in custody for abandoning baby girl

A Vietnamese woman has been taken into custody for abandoning her recently born baby girl at a temple in Taichung last week, local police said Wednesday.

The woman was arrested late Tuesday following an investigation that began on Sept. 13, when Taichung police received a tip that a baby girl was left abandoned at a temple in the city's Wufeng District.

The young infant, wrapped in a pink cloth, was left at the temple in a paper bag. She was later estimated by a local hospital to be about a week old.

After examining the temple's video footage showing a woman placing the paper bag with the baby at the temple and then riding away on an electric bicycle, Taichung police caught the woman in a rental apartment.

They found the electric bicycle, coat and shoes that she used when leaving the temple on the premises, according to the police.

The woman was later identified by the National Immigration Agency as a Vietnamese migrant worker who had fled from her employer and gave birth to the girl in early September.

The Vietnamese woman told police that she only realized she was pregnant when she arrived in Taiwan in January to work and ran away from her employer in June out of fear that she would be sent back to her country because of the pregnancy.

She also said she abandoned the baby at the temple because of fears she could not take care of it.

The case has been handed over to Taichung prosecutors for further investigation.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel