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Crime in Hong Kong

Suspected human fetus found in toilet at Hong Kong wet market

Cleaner made discovery in cubicle of female public restroom

PUBLISHED : Monday, 06 November, 2017, 1:26pm
UPDATED : Monday, 06 November, 2017, 10:57pm

A suspected human fetus was found in a public toilet at a wet market in Hong Kong on Monday, prompting police to launch a search for two women after reviewing security footage of the area.

The discovery was made by a cleaner, who called officers after 10.30am.

Authorities cordoned off the female restroom on the first floor of the market at the Java Road Municipal Services Building at North Point to conduct an investigation.

“Initial information showed the suspected fetus was found in one of the cubicles,” a police spokesman said.

Officers reviewed security camera footage that showed two women acting suspiciously while entering the toilet before 3pm on Sunday. They left the place after a few minutes.

A police source said a cleaning worker noticed blood in the toilet bowl in the restroom at about 4pm on Sunday but she did not think that it was cause for alarm.

On Monday morning, she found that the toilet bowl was clogged and she discovered what appeared to be a tiny fetus and placenta when trying to clear the blockage. She then notified police.

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A vegetable stall operator at the market said a lot of domestic helpers used the toilet on Sundays.

In April 2014, a 38-week-old fetus, wrapped in a recycling bag, was found on an empty train at Yau Ma Tei MTR station. The girl was taken to the Kwong Wah Hospital where she was declared dead. After reviewing security camera footage, police arrested a 27-year-old Indonesian domestic worker.

In May 2008, a human embryo was found in a plastic bag dumped outside a refuse collection centre at King Chung House in King Lam Estate, Tseung Kwan O. Police later arrested a teenage girl in connection with the case.