Dead Baby Discovered in Airplane Bathroom, Mother in Custody

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AirAsia planes are seen on the tarmac at Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2) in Sepang, Malaysia December 13, 2017. Picture taken through glass. REUTERS/Lai Seng Sin

A dead baby has been found abandoned in an airplane toilet in India, with police investigating whether it was stillborn on board the plane.

Airline staff discovered the infant in the lavatory of an AirAsia India flight as it prepared for landing in New Delhi on Wednesday.

NDTV reported that the baby had been delivered on board in the toilet and was found with toilet paper stuffed in its mouth. It is undergoing a postmortem. Agence France Presse reported that the mother was 19 years old and has been detained by police.

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AirAsia planes are seen on the tarmac at Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2) in Sepang, Malaysia December 13, 2017. Picture taken through glass. REUTERS/Lai Seng Sin

"A 19-year-old acknowledged that she had delivered the baby and was taken to the hospital for medical attention and examination," police official Sanjay Bhatia told AFP.

"She has only told us that she is a sportsperson but refused medical examination or (to give) any more details about the incident," he said.

Investigators are now trying to contact the woman's family.

The Deccan Chronicle reported that the plane was flying the Imphal-Guwahati-New Delhi route.

Police have registered the death, and are currently investigating whether the child was still-born, although Zeenews earlier reported a case of murder had been registered by Delhi Police.

AirAsia, in a statement, said the suspect was identified after questioning all the female passengers on board.

"A doctor from the medical team at Delhi International Airport confirmed that the baby had been delivered on board.

"The matter has been reported to Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DCGA) and the airline's staff are attending to other guests and cooperating with Delhi Police.

"We will be assisting in the investigation and cooperating with all concerned agencies," it said.

AirAsia is the first foreign airline in India to set up a subsidiary and is a joint venture between Malaysia's AirAsia Berhad and Indian conglomerate Tata Sons.

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