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Thai police find baby body parts in US-bound package

AFP, BANGKOK

The body parts of several babies have been found in a parcel destined for the US, Thai police said yesterday.

A baby’s head, several feet and “sheets” of skin — including one taken from an adult bearing a large tattoo — were discovered on Saturday after staff at a Bangkok parcel company scanned the package.

“They were not from one body, but were in small pieces,” Police Major General Chawalit Prasopsin told reporters yesterday. “They have been sent for forensic examination to confirm if they were from babies who died after delivery or in the womb.”

The parts were found preserved in containers filled with formaldehyde solution, leading Chawalit to speculate they could be for “a collection or for educational purposes.”

Police said they are investigating, but did not reveal further details of where the packaged was addressed to in the US.

Local media reported it was destined for an address in Las Vegas, Nevada.

In 2012, Thai police discovered six human fetuses that had been roasted and covered in gold leaf as part of an apparent black magic ritual.

The grisly discovery was made in the luggage of a British citizen of Taiwanese origin and the fetuses were destined for Taiwan.

In Thai black magic rituals, also observed in some Chinese communities, preserved fetuses are believed to bring the owner good luck.

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