Mother arrested for baby murder

2010-10-20 08:33

A 25-year-old woman was arrested on a charge of murder in central Johannesburg after her newborn baby boy was found dead in a bag, Gauteng police said today.

Warrant Officer Xoli Mbele said the woman was arrested yesterday morning when police found her baby’s body wrapped in a bag she had left at work.

Neighbours had phoned police earlier that morning because they saw no sign of a baby and apparently knew the woman had given birth on Monday evening.

The woman received a call from her employer during police questioning, asking her to pick up her bag from work. It was then that the baby was found and certified dead on arrival.

An autopsy would be conducted to determine the cause of death.

The mother would appear soon in the Johannesburg Magistrates Court.

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