Mom hides newborn under basin

2011-12-01 15:30

Johannesburg - A mother was arrested after her newborn baby was found under a basin at her home in Springbokpan, near Itsoseng, North West police said on Thursday.

"A 24-year-old woman was arrested and faces charges of attempted murder after she gave birth to a baby girl on Saturday and put her under a zinc washing bath," Captain Pelonomi Makau said.

In the early hours of Monday morning, police responded to a call from the woman's aunt who found a baby girl wrapped in a sack when she went to do laundry, Makau said.

The woman apparently gave birth without the knowledge of her family members. She told her aunt that she had a miscarriage and was taken to the hospital.

After the mother's discharge, she was arrested and confessed to police that poverty drove her to the crime.

She will appear in the Itsoseng Magistrate's Court on Thursday for a formal bail application.

The baby was taken to a hospital for treatment and observation.

  • Snoopsy - 2011-12-01 15:33

    Maar broei wil ons broei!

  • Theresa - 2011-12-01 15:55

    If you can't feed it, don't breed it!Hope they sterilize her while they're at it!

  • carolien.howell1 - 2011-12-01 16:01

    If you can not afford to look after the baby DON'T have sex!!!!

  • Ramudzuli Muthuphei - 2011-12-01 16:53


  • halicon76 - 2011-12-01 16:55

    wow - you people are classist pigs. how do you know the women was not raped. how do you know the women did not have a husband who was killed prior to the birth of the kid. how do you know that the mother came across unfortunate circumstance during her pregnancy. Instead you will unveil your prejudice minds with the stuff only an arrogant, ignorant and naive individuals can sum up. A mother like this has less of a chance if the society she lives in is made up of the people who share such catastrophic stupid remarks. Think people.

      Daniël - 2011-12-01 17:05

      Well said my friend - so much for the rainbow nation? Soms skaam ek my dat ek Afrikaans en wit is!

      Dave - 2011-12-01 17:13

      100% Halicon, well said. There but for the grace of God go I.

      laura.levatte - 2011-12-01 17:31

      You know it doesn't really matter. Anyone who could do such a thing to a newborn baby should just be removed from society as they are clearly not fit to be part of it

      Alfred - 2011-12-01 18:17

      Halicon, despite the fact that she lied and tried to cover up what she did let's assume that one of your theories is actually correct, what difference does it make!? Raped, single, poor or "unfortunate circumstances" don't give you the right to murder a newborn infant. She could have gone for an abortion, given it up for adoption or even left it outside a police station but you're going to justify dumping it under a bathtub? If wanting to puke at this story make me "prejudice" then I'd be more than happy to tattoo it across my forehead.

      Catherine - 2011-12-01 18:34

      @Alfred. I agree with you 150%. There are choices available. Halicon, catch a wakeup & you think man! What she was doing is attempted murder you prick

      carolien.howell1 - 2011-12-02 08:22

      This woman can not be called a mother, no mother would do that to an innocent baby that had no choice but to be born, she had other options! To justify such Horrendous acts, is like saying murder is ok becuase of poverty..... Dude wake up!

      Samuel - 2011-12-02 08:28

      Your way of thinking suck. No excuse, don't kill, don't steal, respect. catch a wakeup.

      Sharon - 2011-12-02 14:09

      @Halicon76..........We all have options and choices here in life, by now with all the educating of the people and clinics going around to rural areas and squatter can you defend her.

      Gail - 2011-12-03 08:35

      There is absolutely no excuse for this behaviour. The baby could have been taken to the nearest hospital and left there. The trouble is that young girls are given grants to support their babies, which makes breeding a money making racket and therefore there is no value for life!!

      JoaoFlickr - 2011-12-20 12:12

      @halicon76 I AM thinking ... I think that there is nothing “prejudiced”, “arrogant, “ignorant” or “naive” about speaking out against the act of a person who abandons a live baby to die while cunningly seeking immediate medical attention for herself at a well-quipped hospital. The fact that she did not take the baby to the hospital with her is exactly the problem I have with this person. She was not without options or choices. She made a very bad choice for the baby, but a very good choice for herself. This is exactly the problem.

      iboyce3 - 2011-12-20 13:50

      @Halicon, yes we do not know, but we know that she left a baby under a basin, she can not hate a baby man. The baby does not know why she/he is on this earth. she must be kept in jail for years no bail nothing man

  • Smele - 2011-12-02 08:18

    Black cat why did u get pregnant in the first place if u cannot look after the baby u deserve to rot n jail

  • Thulisa - 2011-12-02 14:09

    Thank God the baby was found unharmed. I pray that a perfect family is found to take care of the baby.

  • emile.eley - 2011-12-02 14:09

    And here I was thinking the legalisation of abortion was the solution to all our problems............ See where it's gotten us wise guys? No respect for life and I don't mean only lives in utero/newborns. This is what you get for trying to play God!

  • Chabie - 2011-12-07 12:13


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