A woman who kidnapped her friend’s five-month-old daughter, then dumped her next to rubbish bins has been jailed for 11 years. Yin Sotheara, 34, had been playing cards with Meas Sovanna, 33, and other friends when she left the room at around midnight in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
The kidnapper crept into the daughter’s bedroom and taped the girl’s mouth shut, wrapped her in a black bin bag and used a rope to lower her from the window to the ground.
Yin then left the party and rode home on her motorcycle carrying the young girl, before getting a guilty conscience and dumping her back outside the home. Officers arrested mother-of-two Yin after the incident in March and last week she was found guilty of attempted murder.
The court heard how Yin, a widower, had been in debt and planned to use the baby to extort a ransom from the family. Yin was later arrested and confessed she had stolen the baby but claimed she had done it out of ‘love’ for the girl.
At the sentencing last Wednesday, Presiding Judge Top Chhun Heng described Yin as ‘brutal’ and said the baby could have been suffocated during the abduction.