Police in Trinidad and Tobago have arrested a medical doctor after the body of a newborn baby was found in his office refrigerator, local media reports say.
The 62 year old doctor was detained after the baby was found during a police search of his office in San Fernando.
Reports say the baby was wrapped in a plastic bag and placed in the deep freeze section of the refrigerator.
Trinidad Express reports that the baby had been brought to the doctor’s office after the 22 year old mother gave birth at her mother’s home on July 1.
Forensic pathologist Dr Valery Alexandrov performed an autopsy on the infant on Tuesday and concluded that the baby died of natural causes but had a 75 percent chance of survival.
Dr Alexandrov said the boy would have survived had he been given proper medical care upon his birth, The Express reports.
Police were told that the baby was born alive and taken to the doctor’s office where it was left.
The family later claimed the doctor told them he had taken the new-born to the San Fernando General Hospital for treatment.
However, there was no record of the baby being admitted to the hospital, which prompted Monday’s search of the office.
The doctor allegedly told police he had kept the body of the baby at the request of the parents.