Woman commits suicide with baby

2010-07-30 11:46

A woman and her seven-month-old baby girl died today when the woman jumped off a building with the baby strapped to her back, emergency services said.

Percy Morokane, spokesperson for the Johannesburg emergency management services, said: “The 24-year-old woman and her seven-month-old baby died side by side. Her husband said they were having marriage problems.”

He said the woman climbed to the top of the 10-storey building in central Johannesburg where she lived with her husband and child at about 8am and jumped.

“The husband said they were having marriage problems, but were happy. He said he didn’t think she would go this far. He is very traumatised,” Morokane said.

The husband and wife came to South Africa from Zimbabwe about two years ago. The woman was a student at the University of Johannesburg.

Police are investigating the incident.

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