Teens who left baby in SG50 bag get probation
AN 18-YEAR-OLD and his 14-year-old girlfriend placed their newborn son in an SG50 bag and left it outside his parents' home last year, hoping that they would raise him. He was sentenced to two years' probation and 100 hours of community service yesterday.
The teenager - who cannot be named to protect the identity of the baby and mother - pleaded guilty last month to a charge of a rash act to endanger a human life and four counts of underage sex.
In sentencing him, Community Court Judge Mathew Joseph expressed his hope that the teenager would become a good father.
He is now working as an Internet network cabling technician, and contributes $200 monthly towards his child's maintenance.
The baby is currently being cared for by his maternal grandmother.
The child's mother has been sentenced to probation in a youth court and the parents are still seeing each other.
The court had heard that the couple were both in secondary school when they met at a function celebrating a neighbour's new baby. In January last year, after she turned 14, the couple had unprotected sex on a staircase landing at the Housing Board block where she lived.
In May or June, she found out about her pregnancy. The couple kept the news to themselves. On Aug 2 that year, the girl had stomach pains and went to the toilet where she felt extreme pain and then heard crying.
She looked into the toilet bowl and saw the baby. After picking him up and washing him in the sink, she called her boyfriend.
He suggested they place the baby outside his home so that his family could raise him. He wanted to see his son grow up, without anyone knowing the child was his, the court heard.
At about 4pm, the boyfriend's mother found the half-zipped SG50 bag. She later woke up her husband, who called the police.
Paramedics took the infant to hospital. At about 9pm, the young couple confessed to the boy's father.
DNA analysis confirmed that the baby was theirs.
The maximum penalty for doing a rash act to endanger human life is six months' jail and a $2,500 fine.
The maximum penalty for sexual penetration of a minor is 10 years' jail and a fine.