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Distressed Filipina charged with infanticide for dumping baby in bin

21 December 2021

By Vir B. Lumicao 

The baby was found in the 12th floor refuse room of StarCrest Tower 2

A 31-year-old jobless Filipino mother suffering from post-partum depression was charged with infanticide today, Dec 21, in Eastern Court for allegedly wrapping her months-old baby in a plastic bag and leaving it to die in a rubbish bin a week ago.

The defendant, M.A. Atienza, was arrested shortly after the baby’s body was discovered in the 12th floor refuse room of StarCrest Tower 2 at 9 Star St, Wanchai on Dec 14.


The woman, whose visa status was not mentioned in court, appeared on a wheelchair as she was read the charge before Magistrate Ada Yim.

According to the prosecution, the defendant willfully placed her child, who was under 12 months old, in a white plastic bag which she then dumped in a rubbish bin.


As a result of her action, Atienza caused the baby to suffocate, the prosecution said.

But the prosecution said the defendant was at the time of the offense not in her right frame of mind due to post-partum depression.


“…But at the time of the act, the balance of your mind was disturbed by reason of your not having fully recovered from the effect of giving birth to such child,” the charge read.

No further details of the case were mentioned and no plea was taken.

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The prosecution requested a eight-week adjournment for further investigation and legal advice. It opposed bail for the defendant.

Magistrate Yim adjourned the case until Feb 15 next year and ordered the defendant returned to custody. But she told Atienza to return on Dec 29 for a bail review.

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