Dead newborn found in plastic bag after girl (17) gives birth

2011-02-18 00:00

JOHANNESBURG — The body of a newborn baby was found after paramedics were called to the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls near Johannesburg on Wednesday night.

They were called to the school at Henley-on-Klip at 8 pm after a 17-year-old gave birth at around 4 pm.

The body was found in a plastic bag filled with bloodied clothes after the girl was taken to hospital.

The incident was confirmed by police spokesperson Captain Shado Mashobane, who said a case of concealment of death is being investigated against the teenager.

If the “post-mortem finds the baby was murdered” this could change.

Beeld reliably learnt that the girl is a grade 11 pupil at the school.

She gave birth at around 4 pm and when she was still bleeding heavily, paramedics were called at around 8 pm.

As they prepared to rush the teenager to hospital, her friends handed over a plastic bag full of bloodied clothes, Beeld was told.

At Midvaal hospital in Meyerton, the bag was searched and the baby’s body found.

School authorities could not be contacted for comment yesterday.

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