Abortion fails, so baby thrown in toilet
Mahikeng - Three women have been arrested after a baby boy was thrown into a pit toilet in Matlabeng Village, North West police said on Wednesday.
Spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Lesego Metsi said the three Zimbabwean women, including the murdered baby's mother, were arrested on Tuesday.
Metsi said the mother was taken to an illegal clinic by the two women for an abortion on Saturday.
"She was given something to drink that was meant to abort the baby. Instead she gave birth to a healthy baby boy," he said.
The mother then went to work, leaving the baby with the two women, and told her employer about their intentions to kill her baby.
"She was told by her boss to go home and take her baby before they did anything to it, but it was too late," said Metsi.
The employer reported the matter to the police after she was told the baby had died. The three women were arrested and charged with murder. Metsi said they would appear in the Mmabatho Magistrate's Court on Thursday.
In a separate incident, a foetus was found near a sewage plant in Mmabatho, North West, on Monday.
Metsi said a passerby saw a flock of birds near the sewage plant and went to look at what they were feeding on. "On a closer look he noticed the remains of a little body," he said.
Police were called to the scene and found that parts of the foetus had been eaten, including both eyes.
No arrests have been made.