A baby abandoned on wasteland by his teenage mum is believed to have been eaten by a pack of stray dogs.
Police in Taiwan say they have found tiny human bones hidden among tall weeds and suspect he was gnawed to death.
The newborn had been stuffed into a plastic bag and deserted in wasteland in Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan, local media said.
His mother, a 19-year-old known by her pseudonym Xiao Mei, is reported to have mental health problems and had been under the care of local social services.
Taiwanese media outlet SETN said that the teen gave birth on October 8. Xiao and the boy’s 28-year-old father then allegedly abandoned their newborn on wasteland behind a residential tower block.
The pair, who met online, had been struggling for money and lived together in a rented flat in Kaohsiung’s Siaogang District.
The couple then reportedly fled to central Taiwan and hid in an internet cafe for nearly a month without leaving.
Social workers called the police after they failed to locate Xiao and the couple were traced earlier this week.
Cops noticed her baby bump had disappeared and when asked where the child was, Xiao reportedly said she ‘threw away the baby on the same day he was born.’
Police then went to the wasteland and found the child’s remains.
Officers said the unnamed baby may have died after being gnawed by stray dogs who then ate his corpse.
He may also have starved or frozen to death, or been killed after being dropped to the ground, officers said.
The case is being investigated by police.