Woman jailed for dumping live baby in underground waste bin

A Dutch courtroom. Photo: Odi Busman
A Dutch courtroom. Photo: Odi Busman

A woman who dumped her new baby in an underground waste container in 2014 has been jailed for four years by judges in Amsterdam.

Todisoa R, who is 31, was not in court for the verdict. The court found her guilty of attempted manslaughter but said she was not fully responsible for her actions when she placed the baby girl, aged around one month, in a plastic bag and put it in the container.

The baby was found after a passerby heard the cries.

R, who was born in Madagascar, was arrested in Germany for theft in early 2021 and her fingerprints placed in the German system. From there, they were there linked to the Dutch crime because her fingerprint had been found on the plastic bag.

R, who has six children, has no permanent address or residency permit, but had applied for refugee status in both the Netherlands and Germany, the Parool said.

Her oldest child is living with relatives in Madagascar while three younger ones aged six, four and two are with her partner in a refugee centre in Katwijk. R also has a baby. The girl who was dumped in the container, now aged seven, has been adopted.

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