This 20-year-old student has been arrested after allegedly giving birth unexpectedly in the middle of an exam, killing her newborn before returning to complete the test as if nothing had happened.
The woman, named by police only by her initials of S.D., left the exam to go to the toilet after feeling stomach pains while sitting an exam in Denpasar, the capital city of the popular tourist resort island of Bali in Indonesia.
She had not realised she was pregnant and was reportedly shocked to feel a baby’s head emerging from between her legs but managed to deliver the baby boy before allegedly smothering him with her hand to stop him crying.
S.D. concealed the dead baby’s body, carried it outside of the private college and dumped it in a nearby fishing pond before returning to complete the rest of her exam, according to police.
The case only came to light after local resident Riga Apriliawan later investigated the source of a foul stench and found the dead baby, with its umbilical cord still attached, floating in the pond and called the cops.
The chief of the Denpasar Police, Ruddi Setiawan, said: “Her smothering resulted in the baby losing consciousness, and she threw it away in a fishing pond…
“The baby was already dead by the time she was headed there, and afterwards she returned to her test.”
SD reportedly told cops she had panicked as she was embarrassed and because she did not believe the father of the baby, named only as P.W., would take responsibility for the child.
Chief Setiawan added: “The suspect panicked, because she didn’t know she was pregnant.”
S.D. told police officers she had not taken a pregnancy test even though she had not had her period since March.
She faces charges under Indonesia’s 2002 Child Protection Law and a sentence of up to 15 years’ imprisonment if she is convicted.
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