Dead newborn found on cruise ship Wednesday, 20 year old mother questioned

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PHILIPSBURG - Public Prosecutor Hans Mos confirmed that on Wednesday the staff of the Cruise Ship, The Carnival Dream, found the body of a baby.

The body of the child was immediately confiscated by the police for further investigation who later detained a 20 year old cruise ship passenger, the mother of the baby, for further investigation.

The mother, a 20 year old American, was questioned and told the investigators that she did not know that she was pregnant and the birth of a child came as a surprise to her.

An autopsy was carried out and based on this and the information obtained during the interview with the mother, it was concluded that the baby died between Miami and St. Thomas and if a crime had taken place, it was out of the jurisdiction of St. Maarten.

As such the file will be handed over to the Americans for further investigation on Monday.

According to a CNN report, this case which was confirmed by an FBI spokesman, is being investigated by the American Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI).

The full CNN report can be seen below.

(CNN) -- The FBI was investigating after a dead newborn baby was found onboard a Carnival cruise ship, authorities said Sunday.

The baby was found by a Carnival Dream crew member Wednesday morning in a guest cabin, said Special Agent Dave Couvertier, spokesman for the FBI field office in Tampa, Florida.

Carnival personnel reported the discovery to Dutch authorities on the Caribbean island of St. Maarten, where the ship was docked.

Dutch authorities took custody of the infant's body and interviewed the 20-year-old mother, an American passenger, Couvertier said in an e-mail. The FBI was coordinating with Carnival Cruise Lines, he said, adding the company has been "fully cooperative."

The FBI's Evidence Response team was activated Saturday when the ship returned to Port Canaveral, Florida, he said. Agents processed and searched two guest cabins and interviewed crew members and passengers.

"Due to the international and jurisdictional aspects involved with this incident, we are still working on obtaining facts and specific details," Couvertier said.

"No one has been charged as we are still working on obtaining facts and gathering any available evidence. As a result, no information has been released regarding any suspect at this time."

The baby's mother remained in St. Maarten and is expected to return to the United States within the next 24 hours, Couvertier said Sunday. The FBI was coordinating with Dutch authorities.

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