Dumped foetus: beat the mother, says community

2011-08-18 00:00

THE discovery by Eastwood Primary School children of a four-month-old foetus floating in the river in section B of Cinderella Park yesterday has shocked and angered the community.

Community member Judy Maharaj said she was at home when pupils called her, saying there was blood in the river.

“I was the first [adult] to be called by the children and see this. They said,‘There is too much blood in the river … quickly come and see’.”

Maharaj said the foetus was spotted about at about 2 pm, and she called the police.

“It looked like it was a school child that did this. This was uncalled for, for a four-month-old foetus to be dumped like this.”

A small group of adults from sections A and B in Cinderella Park then watched over the tiny body and chased away curious younger children to prevent them from seeing the foetus.

Several elders were angered that the baby had been aborted and dumped. They said the woman who did this “needs to be beaten so that in the future she will never think of doing it again”.

Said Odette Hoosen, “They must talk about these things so that they can get help from the elders and not conduct illegal abortions as there are clinics that will do it safely for them. She is lucky that we don’t know her because what she did is a crime that she needs to be punished for.”

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Joey Jeevan said a case of concealment of birth has been opened and police are investigating.

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