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Cries of 'kitten' lead to baby abandoned near drain

What some Selangor residents thought were the cries of a helpless kitten in a drain turned out to be that of an abandoned newborn baby boy.

Some residents returning from Saturday evening prayers were shocked to find the boy, covered in his own faeces and wrapped in a grey shirt and a plastic bag, by the drain along Jalan 7/5G in Bandar Baru Bangi.

Kajang police spokesman Assistant Commissioner Richard Willey said a witness was cycling home when he heard what he thought were the sounds of a kitten coming from the drain.

The man got off the bicycle and checked the drain near a house but did not see anything, reported The Star.

When he returned to his bicycle, he spotted something moving inside a white plastic bag on top of a concrete slab by the drain.

"He opened the plastic bag and saw a baby inside.

"He cycled back to the surau (prayer room) to inform the people there of what he had found," said ACP Willey.

The man's father and a family doctor friend returned to the drain to inspect the child.

The baby still had its umbilical cord attached and was wrapped only in a shirt.

The doctor borrowed a pair of scissors from a neighbour and snipped the umbilical cord off the infant.

ACP Willey said the boy is healthy and police are calling on the public to help identify and locate the child's parents.

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