New-born buried

A WOMAN from Bolata Village in Qwaqwa is accused of concealing the death of her new-born baby by hiding the infant in a shallow grave near a pit toilet.

The suspect, Elizabeth Mofokeng (34), was granted R500 bail by the Tseki Magistrate’s Court during her appearance on Thursday (04/08).

The accused is expected back in court on 19 August to face a charge of concealment.

Sgt. Mmako Mophiring, police spokesperson, said the new-born baby’s body was found buried in a shallow grave near a pit toilet of the suspect’s in-laws.

He said the arrest in connection with the gruesome find followed after inquiries by the mother in-law who reported the gruesome matter to the police.

Mophiring said the suspect’s pregnancy was visible.

The sudden disappearance of her pregnancy aroused the suspicion of the mother in-law, who questioned her about it.

“The woman’s secret was revealed by her mother-in-law after noticing that her daughter-in-law was no longer pregnant,” said Mophiring.

He said the mother in-law further discovered a placenta inside a toilet on Tuesday (02/08) and confronted the suspect, who revealed where she had buried the new-born.

Mophiring said investigation revealed the woman went into labour and gave birth in her in-laws’ house on 30 July.

He said the body of the new-born baby girl, wrapped in a plastic bag, was dug up from the shallow grave, leading to Mofokeng’s arrest.

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