Suspected baby thief appears in court

14 Feb 2015 10:20am

ONGWEDIVA, 14 FEB (NAMPA) – A woman arrested at Oshakati in connection with the theft of the baby in the Ohangwena Region last month, has appeared in the Ohangwena magistrate’s court on Thursday.
Sergeant Kaume Iitumba of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Public Relations Unit in the Ohangwena Region confirmed this to Nampa on Friday.
Iitumba has identified the suspected woman as 28-year-old Elizabeth Mwatile who is originally from Omuulukila village in the Omusati Region.
According to Iitumba, Mwatile is currently a resident of the new Ekuku suburb at Oshakati where the Oshana Region’s NamPol arrested her on Wednesday.
Mwatile is accused of stealing a baby boy from his 17-year-old mother at Ohangwena Region’s Engela District Hospital on the 5th of January this year.
She was reportedly given a baby by the mother who went to use a toilet in that hospital, but the mother found that she had disappeared with the baby upon her return
Commander of NamPol in the Oshana Region, Commissioner Ndahangwapo Kashihakumwa told Nampa on Wednesday that Mwatile was found in possession of the baby during her arrest.
She was arrested following a tip-off from members of the public.
Iitumba said Mwatile’s case is postponed to the 16th of March this year for further Police investigations.
She remains in custody at the Ohangwena suburb of the northern border town of Helao Nafidi, as the court could not grant her bail.
Iitumba named the baby’s mother as Ronia Augustinus and not Loini Augustus as reported earlier.
She is from Ouhongo village in the Ohangwena Region, and she was at Engela Hospital to register her baby boy the day Mwatile allegedly disappeared with him.