Newborn found dead in Shayamoya

2015-11-13 06:00
PHOTO: ntuntu dweba Residents stand around a police van and a forensic department vehicle at the scene where the baby was found.

PHOTO: ntuntu dweba Residents stand around a police van and a forensic department vehicle at the scene where the baby was found.

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IN another sad discovery that has angered the Shayamoya community, a newborn baby was found dead near the sports grounds on Monday morning.

The baby, who was covered in blood and was found by a woman who lives near the grounds, was in a plastic bag, It is suspected to have been thrown away by 18-year-old girl, Ayanda (not her real name).

The Fever knows the real name of the young woman, but cannot divulge it because she has not yet appeared in court and pleaded.

The woman, who found the baby, but who didn't want to be named, said she saw Ayanda wearing a Shayamoya­ High School uniform walking around the toilets at the grounds with her school bag.

A short while later she took a plastic bag out of the bag and threw it in a sewerage­ drain below the grounds.

“I was suspicious about this girl because she looked very nervous and would panic whenever a person passed.

“So after she threw the plastic I decided to look inside it and to my horror there was a dead newborn baby, a bath cloth with blood, a panty and a bottle of medicine inside.”

The woman called her neighbours to witness what she just saw and they called the police, who arrived at the scene with a forensic department vehicle soon after.

The woman identified Ayanda who had been loitering near the area where the baby was found.

The teenager was arrested by the police on the Shayamoya High School premises.

Residents believe that Ayanda drank a bottle of a powerful and pungent­ liquid laxative to abort the baby­. Kokstad Police spokesperson Lieutenant Dumisani Ncongo confirmed that a case of concealment of birth has been opened.

“At this point I can only confirm that a teenager has been arrested in connection with concealment of birth and investigations are under way,” Ncongo said.

Kokstad counselling psychologist Nandisa Tushini said there are many factors that make women opt for legal abortions and illegal abortions, which may include illness of the mother or the baby.

“Without placing moral judgment on abortions, I think a perceived difficulty in bringing up the child, perhaps a relationship that has gone wrong and the mother feeling that she cannot raise the baby on her own, are some of the reasons women go for abortions,” said Tushini.

She said it is important that communities and families provide emotional support for pregnant women.

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