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The Associated Press A Tokyo policewoman was arrested for allegedly hiding her dead newborn baby inside a refrigerator at the police single women’s dormitory, police said Thursday.

Miho Watanabe, 27, a traffic cop, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of abandoning a corpse, a police spokesman said on condition of anonymity.

Watanabe secretly gave birth to a boy inside her dorm room in central Tokyo on Sunday. The baby died two days later and she wrapped it inside a towel and stored it inside the refrigerator shared by her colleagues.

The alleged crime surfaced by accident. A fire detector at the dorm went off in a false alarm Sunday afternoon, prompting a dorm manager to conduct building inspections, during which he found the mysterious lump wrapped in a towel.