KOTA KINABALU - Police have arrested a couple in connection with the discovery of a baby's head which was being fought over by stray dogs at a village in Ranau, about 110km from here.
Ranau police chief Deputy Supt Mohd Farhan Lee said the couple aged 24 and 20 should be able to provide information on the events leading to the disposal of the baby's remains, which were eventually dug up by dogs.
"At the moment, we cannot say anything as investigations are still in progress," he said when asked if police believe it was a stillborn.
"We know that the child was a newborn and was born full term," he said yesterday.
Prior to the 3.30pm arrest on Sunday, police received a call from a 23-year-old man who discovered the severed head near a house in Kg Kimolohin.
The head was being fought over by stray dogs and he chased away the pack before calling the police at 11.50am.
DSP Farhan said the man, a chef who was hanging clothes at his rented house, initially thought that the dogs were fighting over a chicken carcass or some kind of meat.
When he looked at it more closely, it was actually a head with hair on it.
"He chased the dogs away, covered the head with a pail and alerted us," DSP Farhan said.
The head was sent to hospital and it was found that the upper skull was still intact but the jaw was missing.
Police are now trying to locate the other body parts.