Bodies of Free State babies found

2012-07-26 18:43

Bloemfontein - The bodies of two babies have been found in separate places in the northern Free State, police said on Thursday.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Malebo Khosana said a municipal worker at the Mamahabane sewerage dam in Ventersburg found a baby's body in a pipe.

The discovery was made when the worker was unblocking the pipe on Wednesday at 08:00.

The police and paramedics were alerted and it was established it was a three-month-old stillborn baby boy.

The Ventersburg police were investigating a case of concealment of birth.

Also on Wednesday, police were called to the Phumlani graveyard at Thabong, where the body of another baby was found.

Police said a man from a nearby farm was apparently looking for a plastic bag to collect morogo - a type of spinach.

The man picked up a plastic bag stuck into a bush. It contained a baby wrapped in paper. Paramedics concluded the baby probably died after birth.

The bodies were taken to local government mortuaries.

Thabong police opened a case of concealment of birth. No arrests had been made in either case.