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Malaysia may reconsider murder charge against teen accused of killing newborn

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian prosecutors may reconsider a murder charge made against a teenage woman accused of killing her newborn son, pending the result of a probe into allegations the child was conceived of rape, the lawyer common’s workplace stated on Friday (Feb 18).

The 15-year-old was charged with murder on Tuesday after her son was discovered final week with stab wounds to his chest, however activists have known as for the case to be re-classified as infanticide and for the woman to be launched on bail.

The teenager, whose identification authorities have withheld, has alleged the child was conceived when she was raped by a person in his 20s, in accordance with police.

A separate investigation is underway into the rape allegation and the person she has accused is needed by authorities.

The lawyer common’s workplace in an announcement stated the murder charge filed against the woman was “a transparent criminal justice process” primarily based on statements and documentation by witnesses, forensic officers, and pathology consultants.

But prosecutors can “review the original prosecution” and alter it to a different charge “based on additional developments as well as the results of the probe into the rape incident”, the assertion added.

The charge of murder carries the demise penalty in Malaysia, but when convicted, the woman would as a substitute serve a jail sentence below various sentencing legal guidelines for minors.

The teen was detained after she was discovered holding the deceased child at a home in Terengganu state on Malaysia’s east coast on FebĀ 8.

Investigations later discovered the child’s umbilical wire had been minimize with a pointy object, in addition to a stab wound, and different bodily accidents.

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