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Drunk mom suffocates baby

2012-11-09 08:25

Cape Town - A 1-month-old baby has died after his drunk mother smothered him as she breastfed him.

The woman was out drinking with friends and came home to feed her baby in Nyanga, reported the Daily Voice.

She passed out and when she woke up the next day, her breast was still inside the little boy’s mouth but his lips had turned black and blood was coming out his nose.

The mother was distraught and didn’t want to talk about the baby’s death.

“It’s hurting and I still cannot believe that he is dead. I don’t want to talk of this anymore,” she said.

A neighbour said he couldn’t believe that she had slept next to her child’s dead body for so many hours.

“She cried for help but there was nothing we could do - the child was already dead,” he said.

A community worker says incidents of this nature are common around this time of year as people partied and lost control of themselves.

The woman has not been arrested but social workers will investigate the incident.

Comments
  • kala.bafazi - 2012-11-09 08:30

    Why do we need a licence to drive a car, own a fire-arm or TV, an education to get a decent job, but idiots are still able to have children. Grow up!!!!!! Be the adult!!!!

      lorain.maseko - 2012-11-09 08:39

      I still say from the age of 12, contraceptives should be compulsary for every female and before having children people should be screeened.

      zambezi.river - 2012-11-09 10:24

      Without reading the article i could have said that it was the Western Cape ............................................................................................................again!

      andrew.arnesen - 2012-11-09 10:54

      @lorain - that is a knee-jerk, dumb reaction: do you want the government to tell you what toilet paper to use as well??? We need less regulation and more education...

      lorain.maseko - 2012-11-09 13:21

      @ ProfAndyZulu - Nothing Knee-jerk about my reaction, clearly too many people cant think for themselves so in order to attain a better worl then yes someone else must do the thinking for the masses. If the government recommending a certain toilet paper will help in my well-being then yes I wont mind.

      lauryan.ritzlmayr - 2012-11-09 14:53

      Loraine why only women? Men make babies too (in case you missed that Biology class) It's common knowledge that you shouldn't drink copious amounts while breastfeeding (if at all). I have to wonder if she drank while pregnant too?

  • Spiral - 2012-11-09 08:33

    Some people shouldn’t be allowed to breed

  • benita.debeer.58 - 2012-11-09 08:34

    You already told us what exactly happened. What is left to be investigated still? She killed her own child!

  • frederick.nel - 2012-11-09 08:34

    This is truely sad.. wtf was she drinking for in the first place. She should be charged with murder!

      hildegard.cilliers - 2012-11-09 08:44

      ...or at the very least reckless child endangerment, child abuse/neglect for breastfeeding whilst intoxicated!!

      kenpeg.dawson - 2012-11-09 09:26

      Warning message on booze. IT IS DANGEROUS TO BREASTFEED WHEN DRUNK

  • annecke.visser - 2012-11-09 08:35

    So sad!! RIP little one!

  • annecke.visser - 2012-11-09 08:38

    RIP Little one!

  • nishaatf - 2012-11-09 08:40

    U dont drink urself into a damn comma whle u a mother of a 1month child u should not even be drinking

  • botha.fourie - 2012-11-09 08:42

    GO SMOTHER HER IN JAIL!!!

  • Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2012-11-09 08:45

    Charge her with murder. Even if this had not ended as such a tragedy, how much damage would that poor boy have had from just feeding off some careless, stupid, drunk woman.

  • Venessa Born Stubborn Ede - 2012-11-09 08:47

    Why the hell hasn't she been arrested? She was out drinking instead of being home taking care of her 1 month old baby! She was breast feeding her baby with alcohol coursing through her system, which is just as good as giving the baby alcohol in a bottle! And because she was drunk, she suffocated an innocent child!! That's gross negligence, child abuse and MURDER!!! i agree that people should be screened before being allowed to have children! RIP little angel, you are in a happier and better place!

      carolyn.dewrance - 2012-11-09 09:37

      Agree with you Venessa, but she should now be sterilized and never allowed near children again

  • vic.swarts - 2012-11-09 08:48

    So now you can kill one-year old children and not get arrested!

      frederick.nel - 2012-11-09 08:54

      Baby was only 1 month old.. its very clear what type of woman this is she probably doesn't even know who the dad was.

      Willie Olivier - 2012-11-09 09:36

      naturally she will get away with murder! Its South Africa!

  • mpho.ramosili - 2012-11-09 08:48

    This is heartbreaking! Even drunk she remembered that her child has to eat. So sad about the outcome.

      Venessa Born Stubborn Ede - 2012-11-09 08:54

      it's not tragic, not for the mother in any way, she would have done the child a favour by rather giving him formula milk, than breast milk that was most likely more alcohol than milk!

      helga.venter.1 - 2012-11-12 11:59

      @ Buppie - Nice to see your one comment here that does not presume to judge. The whole situation is just sad.

  • liamkie - 2012-11-09 08:59

    Here in Germany..the mothers aren't allowed to drink alcohol when breastfeeding. For many reasons, this situation is one and the baby gets a small amount of alcohol aswel.

      frederick.nel - 2012-11-09 09:08

      Its suppose to be common sense not to drink with a baby as you said for many reasons. She simply did not care or is really just stupid. Lock her up and throw away the key because chances are this would happen again.

      Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2012-11-09 09:13

      Anywhere, a breastfeeding mother should not consume alcohol. Unfortunately here in South Africa too many people are less intelligent than my pet rodents.

      liamkie - 2012-11-09 09:34

      What I don't understand how could you leave a one month baby alone or without its mother. My wife didn't want to leave our son for few min to go to the toilet when he was 1 month old...

      frederick.nel - 2012-11-09 11:49

      Exactly liamkie same with us. I use to wake up every hour at night just to check if my daughter was still breathing. She really didnt care at all.

  • storm.trooper.125 - 2012-11-09 09:00

    the bottom pit is waiting for her..shw can be awake while she drinks,,bt cant keep her eyes open while feeding the baby.. i bet shes probaly 16-24yrs old

  • philip.mostert.14 - 2012-11-09 09:06

    Disgusting! I bet you in 9 months she pops out another child. This woman should have been arrested its obvious she killed her child. The death penalty is what she deserves

      frederick.nel - 2012-11-09 09:12

      Stone her! She is very lucky she lives in south africa.. if she had been in india or china this would of been sorted out very quickly.

      apansari2325 - 2012-11-09 09:21

      Frederick in India and China girls don't produce babies only to get grants from govt with no future for babies. Govt need to stop the grants ASAP

      frederick.nel - 2012-11-09 11:58

      @apansari2325 valid point mate. Here having a kid is just another source of income.

  • sthembiso.jali.50 - 2012-11-09 09:13

    She should be charged for murder.

      dudu.son.1 - 2012-11-09 09:42

      Whatever the circumstances she is irresponsible. She murdered her baby.

  • mmangaliso - 2012-11-09 09:18

    its nt like we need more people Hello! Enough!

      frederick.nel - 2012-11-09 12:04

      I dont know if i should thumbs up this or down because what you say is true but this kid did not ask to be brought into this world. This woman sounds like a very dodgy person and hope she gets punished.

      mammone.tau.5 - 2012-11-09 23:47

      Since you feel this way, why not go jump off a bridge already?? Or better, go kill your own child or sibling!!! So sick

  • leandra.vergotine - 2012-11-09 09:28

    this is terrible!!! i am a social worker, but what is there to investigate??? the root cause of the problem??? its called ALCOHOL, and people not being able to know when they had enough... o he e

  • Thilivhali Fitzgerald - 2012-11-09 09:37

    the baby was only 1mnth but d mum is already going out drinkin, incredible indeed i also blame her friends i guess she is the one who was buyin them beer with d child's grant she must b charged with culpable homicide maybe she will feel ashamed of her stupid behavior

  • wackidmaledu - 2012-11-09 09:54

    What is happening to this world???

  • mmangaliso - 2012-11-09 09:59

    and some people are just biomass that woman was more upset that she will no longer get a social grant

  • mmangaliso - 2012-11-09 10:18

    monster mom monstar mom poped a bottle of beer then poped a big boob of death

      kenpeg.dawson - 2012-11-09 11:35

      A couple of dozen more likely.

  • phillip.mtshweni.39 - 2012-11-09 10:28

    @ abdullah Muligite it is totally disgusting to label us Africans as worse than animals everyone is responsible for his/her own actions irrespective of race or whatever. Perhaps you have seen that in your country ohh! by the way that is why South Africa is flooded with these drug pests only here to destroy our country maybe I can agree with you on that

  • lskosana3 - 2012-11-09 10:48

    She should have been at home nurturing that little bundle, not out drinking herself into a stupor! That poor little boy, she should go to jail. No need for investigations or questions, irresponsible b#*

  • olivia.karnak - 2012-11-09 10:58

    These people should just be sterilized, birth control pills are not good enough. They just don't deserve to reproduce.

      kenpeg.dawson - 2012-11-09 11:36

      Problem is so many of them dont know yet what causes the baby.

      gym.buddy.9 - 2012-11-09 12:06

      There we go with the generalization. Which people are you referring to?

  • gym.buddy.9 - 2012-11-09 11:42

    May her soul rot in prison. Some people deserve the death penalty. Why would a sane person indulge in alcohol when still in the alacrity of breast-feeding? - That alone is enough to damage an infant's underdeveloped liver. She's too ignorant to be raising a baby.

  • alananthonygreen - 2012-11-09 12:50

    Shame poor mom. I'm surprised no one on these forums have blamed apartheid or the whites

  • tigza.mafu - 2012-11-09 15:27

    I bet ma last cent, she does evn knw d father of d child

  • Erna - 2012-11-09 15:33

    Why investigate? This is so wrong on so many fronts.

  • patrick.makgeledise - 2012-11-09 17:13

    Why have a baby knowing thata your not ready to be a parent yet? Why making an innocent soul suffer from your doings? You all make me sick!!

  • mfanah.radebe - 2012-11-09 22:03

    yerr I would kill that lady may fock

  • mammone.tau.5 - 2012-11-09 23:42

    What a Stupid Cow!! And may I ask whts there to investigate?? Nxa

  • lizwi.makala - 2012-11-10 06:00

    What do you still need to investigate,put that woman where she belongs maan.What if we stop making nonsensical comments,what is apartheid and whites has to do with this?

  • enoch.sphola - 2012-11-10 07:49

    It is time that the government establish institutions where PARENTING lessons can be offered to young ledies and parents to be. Maybe this can stop the dumping and booby suffocation of the young.

  • sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2012-11-10 07:56

    Sies for you damn fool, jy is mosig but any way papa wag vir jou in pollsmor

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