Newborn baby girl found inside church toilet in Iloilo

Joyce Ann Clavecillas, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 30 2017 06:04 AM

Photo courtesy of Michael Rey Acsay

MIAG-AO, ILOILO - A newborn baby girl was found inside a cubicle in the comfort room of the Miag-ao church in Iloilo on Monday morning. 

Rogelio Napawid, who works for the church, said he was told by two girls that they saw the baby upon entering the toilet 

The church's personnel sought help from the police, the municipal social welfare and development office and health personnel from the town's clinic. The baby was found lying in a diaper.

The baby girl was immediately brought to the clinic. She was checked and laboratory tests were done to check if she has infections. 

Results are all normal, according to the attending physician Dr. Rhea Palmos. Palmos believes that the baby was delivered at home because the baby has no umbilical clamp. 

She also believes that the baby was born 1 to two days ago. The baby weighed 2 kilograms, which was quite small for a newborn, according to Palmos.

Rosalinda Mueda, the head of the local social welfare office, said they will make a case study to certify that indeed the baby is a foundling. 

Once declared a foundling, the baby can be available for adoption. For the meantime, the baby will temporarily stay in the clinic for further observation. 

The clinic's personnel have volunteered to help in providing the needs of the baby. Nobody knows who abandoned the baby, as the toilet is open for public use.