Investigation under way after body of newborn found in toilet of Wan Chai hospital

Cleaner made grisly discovery in female toilets of Ruttonjee Hospital's accident and emergency department

PUBLISHED : Friday, 14 March, 2014, 12:58pm
UPDATED : Friday, 14 March, 2014, 1:01pm

Police are investigating the discovery of the body of a prematurely born baby in a public hospital toilet in Wan Chai on Friday morning.

Officers were sent to Ruttonjee Hospital on Queen’s Road East shortly after 10.30am when a male staff member, 48, reported the discovery of the dead baby in the ground-floor female toilet in the hospital’s accident and emergency department.

“An initial investigation showed one of the toilets was blocked. A cleaner was called in to clear it and then discovered the body,” a police spokeswoman said.

She said an initial examination showed the body was a premature infant but it is not known whether it was a boy or girl.

Crime-squad officers from Wan Chai police are carrying out an investigation at the scene. At noon, the toilet was still cordoned off and the body had not been removed.

In September 2010, the body of a newborn boy was flushed down the toilet of a flat in a 25-storey building at Provident Garden in Wharf Road, North Point. The body was discovered after residents complained about a blocked sewage pipe and building management called in a plumber to clear the drain.

That followed a similar case in April 2010 when a Filipino maid, 38, was arrested after a baby’s body was found in a sewage pipe at a Tseung Kwan O flat.