Baby's clothes stolen from grave

2013-08-28 11:02
The tampered grave of a 6-day-old baby in Kimberley. (Emile Hendricks, Volksblad)

The tampered grave of a 6-day-old baby in Kimberley. (Emile Hendricks, Volksblad)

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Kimberley - A grieving mother has told of her shock after hearing that the grave of her 6-day-old baby had been tampered with and the clothes had been removed from the child's body.

Volksblad reported on Wednesday that gravediggers at the Sol Plaatjie Municipality's West End Cemetery in Kimberley discovered the open grave on Tuesday. Baby graves are all situated in one row, and are dug only four feet deep, as opposed to six feet for adults.

The baby girl's body was still in the grave, but her clothes had been removed.

The baby was born prematurely and died six days later on 13 August. She had been dressed in a three-piece white outfit for her burial.

Her mother, Bianca Moilwa, said she had dressed her daughter's body herself, and her mother had taken a photograph of the white outfit.

The Diamond Fields Advertiser reported that the baby's nappy was found on top of the small white coffin, while a rusty metal plate, which was presumably used to dig open the grave, was found in the hole.

Family members reportedly asked that the baby's remains be analysed to determine if the body had been tampered with in any way, before it is reburied.

Cemetery workers said there were fears the incident could be related to witchcraft.

"Who could have done such a despicable and inhuman act and why steal my daughter’s clothes? Just when I was coming to terms with her death and trying to heal, this horrible, evil act has happened," Moilwa told the Diamond Fields Advertiser.

A spokesperson for the municipality said it was disturbing as this was the fourth recent incident, and it would be investigated as it is a criminal offence to desecrate graves.

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