Frozen newborn baby dumped in Windhoek toilet bin

2016-02-22 12:44


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Windhoek - The frozen remains of a newborn baby have been discovered in a toilet bin at a shopping mall in Windhoek, local newspaper New Era reports.

The baby girl, who was found by a cleaner in the mall, is alleged to have had an umbilical cord wrapped around her neck, leading officials to believe that strangulation could have taken place before the infant was dumped.

The cleaner, who spoke on condition of anonymity, revealed that she had initially assumed that the body, who was covered in plastic, was frozen meat that a shoplifter had left in the bin to collect at a later stage.

According to the cleaner, the baby must have been kept in a fridge or freezer and extracted in the early morning. No blood stains were reported to have been found on the floor of the toilet.

Deputy Commissioner Edwin Kanguatjivi, spokesperson for the police, confirmed the incident and said  that an investigation into a case of concealment of birth was under way.

According to Kanguatjivi, the birth is assumed to have taken place elsewhere before the corpse was dumped.

This comes a month after the body of a dead baby was found under a woman's bed in Katima Mulilo informal settlement.

According to Namibian Sun, the baby had been delivered inside a shebeen where the woman worked before being wrapped in plastic bags and old clothes.

The mother of the child has since been charged with birth concealment and murder.

Read more on:    namibia  |  crime  |  southern africa

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