The preliminary results of the autopsy of the body of an infant that was discovered in a dumpster in a rubbish storage unit outside a hotel in Reykjavík last weekend confirm that the baby boy was born alive and healthy and died from unnatural causes.
The autopsy also confirms that the baby was already dead when the body was placed in the rubbish storage unit, ruv.is reports.
The police do not want to reveal the cause of death at this stage. The baby’s mother, who was originally given a two-week custody sentence as the primary suspect, was released from custody yesterday.
She was questioned the day before which changed the circumstances. Other aspects of the case which were prerequisites for the custody sentence have also been investigated and solved.
According to Jón HB Snorrason, prosecutor and assistant police chief at the Reykjavík Metropolitan Police, there are strong indications that the woman was mentally unstable when the incident occurred.
She has been placed under a travel ban until August 4 while the investigation is ongoing. She will be provided with all the medical assistance necessary.
According to Morgunbladid, the police do not doubt that the woman gave birth to the child and that she is responsible for his death. She placed the body in the rubbish storage unit herself.
There are also indications that “all of this happened without others knowing or having been informed of it,” a statement from the police reads. The woman might be facing six years in prison.
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