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Young Filipina faces manslaughter for death of abandoned baby in Lantau

21 August 2020

By Vir B. Lumicao

Lantau South Police investigated the case after finding the dead baby in an alley near a village house

A 21-year-old Filipina has appeared in West Kowloon Court, charged with manslaughter for allegedly abandoning her newborn girl in a Lantau alley in February.

J.N. Villanueva, applied for $20,000 bail but Magistrate Peter Law rejected it today, Aug 21. No plea was taken.

The prosecution opposed the bail, citing the seriousness of the case and the risk of the defendant absconding.

Villanueva, said to be a daughter of a permanent resident, is a dependant visa holder and worked as a receptionist in a gym.

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She was accused of abandoning the baby in the alley after giving birth to it on Feb 1 in a nearby village house in Tong Fuk Tsuen, Lantau South.

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Police reclassified the case as manslaughter on Aug 6, after originally charging the defendant with concealing the birth of a child on Feb 1.

A police report said Lantau South police received a report from a passer-by at 10:30am that a suspected body of a baby was found in an alley in Tong Fuk Tsuen.

Police sped to the scene and found a newborn baby girl on the ground with her umbilical cord and placenta attached. She was certified dead at the scene.
Villanueva was arrested on suspicion of abandoning the baby, but the case was later classified as concealing the birth of a child.

Upon further investigation by the Crime Unit of Lantau District, police reclassified the case as manslaughter.

Villanueva first appeared at the West Kowloon Court with a manslaughter charge on Aug 7 and will return on Aug 28 for bail review.
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