Woman who hid birth arrested

2018-02-22 06:00
A forensic officer carrying a stillborn baby to the van.PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

A forensic officer carrying a stillborn baby to the van.PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

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A 34 year old woman was arrested in Kosovo informal settlement in Samora Machel on Monday in connection with the death of an infant.

The suspect was apprehended by the community members who handed her over to police.

According to sources, she had given birth during a visit to her boyfriend on Saturday night.

The birth was never reported to authorities, and the woman did not even visit a local hospital.

Instead, she and her boyfriend had gone missing afterwards.

One neighbour, Siziwe Mbombo,33, said she was woken by a person asking for help.

“He told me his girlfriend was sick, and when I visited their shack, found his woman giving birth.

I called an ambulance and the police, but were slow to arrive,”she said.

Mbombo said they eventually wanted to hire a car to take the woman to hospital, to no avail.

Ntomboxolo Sitshitshi Nyanga police station communications officer, confirmed the incident and said the perpetrator was arrested after she was taken to the police station by the community. “A 34-year-old female was arrested for the concealment of birth after a stillborn baby was found dumped in a street in Samora Machel,”.

Sitshitshi added that the suspect will appear in court this week.

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