South Korean Woman Smothers Baby, Discards Body in Trash

kpride, April 8, 2015, 11:39 a.m.

A 33-year-old woman smothered her baby to death and discarded her body in a trash pickup area, police said Wednesday.  Han Jong-seop, chief crime investigator at Gwanak Police Station in Seoul, said the unemployed woman, identified only by her surname Son, suffocated her baby girl with a blanket two days after giving birth alone at her home on March 6.

The police made the announcement the day after apprehending Son, who had evaded authorities for the past month.  Son placed the body in a trash bag and left it in a garbage collection site in her southern Seoul neighborhood two days later.  A neighbor discovered the bag, and security camera footage along with a fingerprint analysis confirmed that Son had placed it there.

The woman told police investigators she was unable to raise the child. Han refused to disclose the whereabouts of the baby’s father. Police will ask the National Forensic Service to carry out a maternity test to verify that Son is the mother of the child, Han said.  Police also said they will ask prosecutors to seek an arrest warrant for her.

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