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Jun 1, 2017

Newborn’s Parents Detained after Callous Disposal in River

Police investigations continue in the south following an act of infanticide. Police say that after twenty-nine-year-old Santos Cac Asig gave birth to a baby boy on Sunday, she threw the newborn into the river. Punta Gorda Police were notified by Alcalde Edgar Pinto of San Vicente Village in Toledo, who reported that around midday on Wednesday, he saw the body of the baby floating in the river. The body, which was in an advance state of decomposition, was later retrieved about five meters off the river bank near a pasture about half mile off the main road in the village. The mother, a Guatemalan national, as well as a Belizean farmer, believed to be the father of the child, twenty-eight year old Oscar Francisco Pop have since been detained in connection by police. The body of the newborn was transported to the Punta Gorda Hospital Morgue where a postmortem will be conducted to determine the cause of death.

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