A 28-year-old woman was found dead in a bathroom in central Vietnam and initial investigation suggested that she died from excessive bleeding after ending her pregnancy.
People sharing the range of rent rooms with the woman in Phan Thiet Town, Binh Thuan Province found her body in their shared bathroom in the morning, covering in blood.
Then they found in the toilet tub a girl’s fetus, which doctors later identified as five months old.
They said the woman from Binh Thuan's Bac Binh District worked at a café in Phan Thiet.
She was single and lived in her room alone but there was a young man coming once in a while. Almost no one knew she was pregnant.
Vietnam is having the highest abortion rate in Southeast Asia and among the highest worldwide – 18 cases per 100 live births.
The reasons vary from sex selection, financial hardship to poor knowledge of sexual health that puts a woman unto unexpected pregnancy.
Vietnam does not have specific regulations against abortion. But the national healthcare instructions said if an abortion is needed, it is only recommended at up to 18 weeks of the pregnancy.
Police are investigating further and have ordered forensic tests.