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Taipei Police arrest child minder who left dead baby in box on parents' doorstep

Taipei Police arrest child minder who left dead baby in box on parents' doorstep

Taipei police arrested a woman Monday suspected of posing as a child minder and leaving a dead three-month-old girl in a box on the parents' doorstep. The woman, surnamed Lu, and her husband, surnamed Chen, not only did not have the required licenses, but were also wanted by police in connection with theft and forgery charges.
The couple was arrested by coincidence as police were acting on a tip from the public that a couple with a child was behaving suspiciously. Lu, 27, and Chen, 28, were reportedly still taking care of another child, as well as their own two children. The parents of the dead infant reportedly recruited the couple through the Internet. When Lu woke up on the morning of April 28, she found the little girl had stopped breathing, and reviving her would not work, reports said. Because of the couple's background as fugitives, they did not report the girl's death to the police, and also kept the parents in the dark.
Lu and Chen first stored the dead baby in their refrigerator, before deciding on Friday to deposit it in a plastic box near the parents' home in Hsinchuang, Taipei County. They moved to another apartment the following day. After the couple was taken into custody yesterday morning, social workers took away their own children, while the parents of the other child rushed to the police station to pick him up. They had also found Lu on the Internet, reports said. The couple denied they had mistreated the baby. An autopsy is expected to give a more definite version of why the little girl died, the authorities said.