Police in Taiwan have found bones of an abandoned baby who they suspect have been gnawed to death and eaten by stray dogs, according to reports.
The newborn boy had been stuffed into a plastic bag and deserted in a wasteland by his 19-year-old mother before the alleged tragedy happened in Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan, local media said.
The child’s mother, known by her pseudonym Xiao Mei, is reported to have a minor mental illness and she had been under the care of the local Social Affairs Bureau.
The young Taiwanese mother, said to have a minor mental illness, dumped her newborn son in a wasteland (pictured) in Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan after giving birth to him on October 8
Police found the bones of the newborn this week after tracking down his parents who had gone on the run. The couple, said to be cash-strapped, hid in an internet cafe for a month
Police suspected that the child had been killed and eaten by stray dogs, according to reports. He may also have starved or frozen to death, or been killed after being dropped to the ground
Social workers called the police after failing to find the young woman.
Police tracked down the couple on Tuesday.
Upon meeting Xiao Mei, officers noticed that her baby bump had disappeared.
They queried her about her baby’s whereabouts, and she told them that she ‘threw away the baby on the same day he was born’.
Remains of the boy were discovered in the district of Siaogang in Kaohsiung (pictured), Taiwan
Police went to the wasteland near the couple’s home and discovered the bones believed to be of the boy.
Officers told reporters that the child may have died after being gnawed by stray dogs. Its corpse was then eaten by the dogs, police added.
He may also have starved or frozen to death, or been killed after being dropped to the ground, officers said.
The case is being investigated by police.