A baby who was born to a mum who got stabbed by her husband, died 9 days later, reported Shin Min Daily.
The coroner’s court last month concluded the child’s death to be unknown.
It can be noted that the stabbing incident involving the child’s mum and her husband took place on 30 December 2017.
Baby born to stabbed pregnant mum through C-section
Accused of prostitution, the mum who was 27 years old then, sustained multiple stab wounds from her own husband’s attack. It was said that her husband, who was 30 years old at the time, refused to believe the baby she is carrying is his own.
Because of the injuries she sustained, she had to undergo an operation. Despite this, however, she managed to still keep the baby. Separately, the woman’s husband, whom she had been married to for 4 years and has a 3-year-old son with, was sentenced to 7 years of jail and 6 strokes of caning.
Photo: iStock | baby born to stabbed pregnant mum
But 29 weeks into her pregnancy, investigator reports said she had been experiencing pain in her lower abdomen which prompted her to see a doctor at the National University Hospital (NUH) on 12 April 2018. She was discharged four days later.
Based on the diagnosis, the pain she was experiencing could have been because of the previous bowel surgery she had undergone.
Photo: iStock / sharrocks
Later, on 24 May 2018, a check up at the Singapore General Hospital revealed a “large amount of foetal inhalation and respiratory distress.” This resulted into an elective caesarean section at 35 weeks and 4 days. She gave birth to a baby boy.
The baby was kept under the hospital’s watch for 7 days following his birth.
Baby’s body became cold and stiff
At home on 1 June at 11:30pm, the baby’s mum noticed nothing unusual—she breastfed and bathed her baby, even coaxing him to sleep after placing him on the bed, with two cushions beside his body. It was only at 3am the next day when she realised that she has not heard her son cry which prompted her to check on him. She then found her son “cold and stiff,” noting that the boy had nothing covering his face and was facing upwards.
The baby had no pulse and was no longer breathing when he was brought to the doctor. He was declared dead at 6.20am, 9 days after his birth.
Baby died 9 days after his birth, no signs of struggle
According to the hospital, there were no obvious signs of injury nor drugs found in the baby’s body.
The police also did not manage to collect any sufficient evidence to prove any foul play when they came to investigate the home as the boy’s bedding had been kept. As such, they were unable to ascertain any signs of resistance.