Filipina charged with manslaughter for baby’s death
Hong Kong law enforcers on Aug.7 slapped a Filipina with manslaughter charges, a crime which can put her behind bars for life if convicted. The charges were elevated from the initial allegation of concealing the birth of a newborn in Lantau South earlier this year.
The case is set to be mentioned at West Kowloon Magistrates’ Courts today. Police told Hong Kong News that the earlier, less serious criminal charges had to be elevated following further investigation.
On February 1, police found the corpse of a newborn in an alley in Tong Fuk. The Filipina allegedly threw the baby out of the window from her flat nearby.
An earlier Apple Daily report said the woman claimed the victim was lifeless upon her birth.
Disposing of the dead body of a child with intent to conceal the fact of its birth is punishable by imprisonment for up to two years. Manslaughter, on the other hand, is punishable by life imprisonment, on top of a fine determined by the court.