Police are looking for two women believed to have flushed a fetus in a public toilet in North Point on Hong Kong Island on Monday.

A cleaner reported to police at 10am that when she tried to unblock one of the cubicles in the women’s toilets on the first floor of Java Road Market and Cooked Food Center in North Point, she found a lump of meat, Oriental Daily reported.

The toilet had been clogged since Sunday.

A Nepalese cleaner named Gurung Devi said other cleaners found the squat toilet in the first cubicle was blocked and had bloodstains around it at 4pm on Sunday. They tried to unblock it but failed so they returned to continue the work on Monday, Wen Wei Po reported.

Officers and a forensic pathologist arrived and confirmed that the blockage was caused by a placenta with a fetus attached.

The fetus was a 28-centimetre-long baby boy.

Officers investigated surveillance camera footage in the wet market and nearby buildings – and found two women had entered the cubicle at 2pm on Sunday, Ming Pao Daily reported.

Many domestic workers had gathered around the wet market and used the toilet on Sunday.

The Eastern District crime squad is handling the case.

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