MANILA – A woman on Wednesday claimed to have given birth prematurely inside a motel along Recto Avenue in Manila, but motel staff and police said she may have performed an abortion on herself.
The 34-year-old woman, who was five months pregnant, was brought to the hospital after her baby came out of her inside a room in Broadway Lodge.
The woman said she suffered contractions and then the baby came out. She said stress and depression may have caused her to give birth prematurely.
But motel room boy Aldrin Lantin is doubting the woman's claim. He said the woman asked for a plastic container from him late Tuesday evening. The baby was later found inside the container, with the placenta and umbilical cord still attached.
The woman said she and her 1-year-old child have been wandering around Metro Manila after her husband abandoned them last month. She said they were from Pangasinan.
Authorities said they will determine whether the mother indeed underwent abortion through the help of doctors. – reports from Kori Quintos, ABS-CBN News; and Zandro Ochona, dzMM