Newborn Was Found In A Washing Machine. When Will Women Learn To Be Responsible For Their Babies?

Family & Kids

May 15, 2019 09:17 By Fabiosa

There are millions of abandoned children in the world. They find themselves on the street for various reasons – being orphaned, escaping from tyrant-parents, poverty, etc. But there is no more heart-wrenching sight than a baby abandoned by its mother at birth.

Midkhat Izmaylov /

Approximately every third child currently alive suffers mistreatment of some sort. This problem is global and concerns even developed countries and seemingly nice families. About 70% of all deliberately abandoned children are newborns and babies. The reasons can be different: teenage or unwanted pregnancy, the inability to support the child, or unwillingness to hope for adoption – which is a great solution for everyone involved.

Sometimes, mothers get rid of their babies in the most pitiless way: they simply dump them on the street or hide them in secluded places. In May 2019, media covered a horrible story from the city of Krabi, the south of Thailand: a newborn boy was found in a washing machine drum.

The little one was discovered by the owner of the shop in one of the coin-operated washers. The woman immediately called the police and ambulance. The identity of the runaway mother has not been established.


Other common reasons why children end up on the street include poverty, lack of housing and work, if they have been conceived out of wedlock, or as a result of violence, birth defects, and others.

Jeerapong Tosa-ngad /

Although most countries have government programs aimed at preventing such crimes, this is not enough. Every conscious adult can contribute to this cause by:

  • ensuring timely and competent sexual education of their own children;
  • providing support to families of friends or acquaintances who have found themselves in such circumstances;
  • spreading information that an unwanted child can be signed off for adoption, be born in an anonymous environment (if there is such a service in your area), or left in a safe place where he or she will be taken care of.

Jeerapong Tosa-ngad /

It is probably best to refrain from condemning women who decide to leave their children to the mercy of fate. But in what century will they realize that there are more humane alternatives to that of leaving a baby in a garbage can or a washing machine drum, or even taking its life?