Couple kills twins after failed abortion

2011-09-05 15:51
Johannesburg - A woman and her boyfriend were arrested for allegedly killing their new-born twin babies near Welkom, Free State police said on Monday.

The police retrieved the decomposed body of a baby from a pit toilet at the home of a 28-year-old woman in Thandanani village on Sunday, Sergeant Tlalanyane Pakela said.

The other body was not found.

The woman took tablets she got from a Nigerian doctor to end her pregnancy at seven months as a local state clinic had refused to abort her pregnancy as it was at an advanced stage.

"The first baby was born alive and the woman apparently threw the infant into a pit toilet," Pakela said.

"We suspect she drowned the second baby when she gave birth while taking a bath several hours later."

The boyfriend apparently helped her throw the body into the pit toilet. A friend of the woman saw the second birth and drowning. The couple was expected to face a murder charge in the Welkom Magistrate's Court soon.

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