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Father regains custody of daughter after burying her alive for being born with deformity

By Mason White 11:30 AM December 10, 2014

By: Wayne Morin
A man in Cambodia, buried his daughter alive after she was born with a deformity.

Now, the newborn baby girl, whose father left her for dead, will undergo surgery to correct the problem.

The baby named Kong Put Samnang, was born with a cleft lip. Shortly after her birth, the child’s father, 29-year-old Kong Sokthy, buried her in a pile of dirt near a hospital.

The baby was found by a group of boys who were playing in the area. The baby was saved and is doing well.

The father was arrested, but all the charges against him were dropped after doctors announced that the baby was doing good and she will survive.

The baby’s mother and father regained custody of the child despite the fact that they wanted her dead due to her deformity.

The baby’s mother, Heng Dany, said that she did not know that a cleft lip can be fixed.

Dany said that Sokthy’s feelings toward his daughter have changed since he buried her alive. “He loves our daughter very much,” she said.

Samnang, who is now 7 months old, will undergo a surgery that will take approximately 45 minutes, to correct her cleft lip.

According to reports, one of every 500 children in Cambodia, are born with a cleft lip. It is a highly stigmatized deformity, and it is not uncommon for parents to abandon their children who are born with the condition.