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Police question suspects after infant falls from 31st floor to death in Hanoi

People congregate at the spot where an infant was found dead at the HH Linh Dam apartment complex in Hanoi, Vietnam, October 18, 2018.
People congregate at the spot where an infant was found dead at the HH Linh Dam apartment complex in Hanoi, Vietnam, October 18, 2018.

Police are questioning two young women purportedly involved in the death of an infant that appeared to have fallen from the high floor of an apartment building in Hanoi on Thursday.

Many tenants at the HH Linh Dam apartment complex in the capital’s Hoang Mai District said they heard a loud noise in their area at around 8:30 pm.

They were later frightened to find the body of a newborn baby lying along the road between two buildings of the complex.

A resident said she mistook the noise for an explosion of a small portable gas cylinder but was terrified to see the scene.

“I’m still shivering at the thought of it,” she said.

Police immediately checked a number of flats because they thought that the child must have fallen from a high floor.

Around 11:30 pm on the same day, they found a suspicious apartment on the 31st floor of a 40-story building in the complex.

It is rented by three women supposedly aged around 21-25, one of them having been hospitalized due to ill health.

The other two were later brought to the police station for investigation.

The apartment is currently being sealed off.

Local police revealed that one of the women is V.A., a 21-year-old senior at a Hanoi college, who gave birth to the baby in the bathroom of the apartment that night.

She said she threw the infant through the window of the bathroom because she was greatly scared to realize the baby was dead right after birth.

Hoang Mai police said the two roommates did not know that V.A. was giving birth right in the bathroom.