Babysitter arrested for death of one-year-old

March 4, 2015, 8:38am

Babysitter arrested for death of one-year-old

By Theresia Tjihenuna

A NANNY suspected of murdering a baby boy aged one year appeared in the Windhoek Magistrate's Court in Katutura on Monday.
Magdalena Naries (28), who was looking after Hope Uhongora in Khomasdal, was arrested last week after the baby's father, Issy Uhongora, opened a case of murder against her. 
Police spokesperson Edwin Kanguatjivi confirmed the incident yesterday and the baby's father said the mother, Emily Muundjua, returned home last week on Sunday and found the baby unconscious. Naries said she did not know what had happened to the baby.
“Shortly after discovering the unconscious baby, the mother tried to give him some Panado tablets,” said Kanguatjivi. 
Worried that the baby's condition was deteriorating, the family rushed him to the Windhoek Central Hospital and later to the Katutura State Hospital where he was declared dead upon arrival. 
An autopsy performed on the request of the father reveals that the baby's liver was damaged with a broken pelvic bone and other fractured bones, yet Naries is allegedly claiming ignorance and said she does not know what happened to the baby.
“The million dollar question now is what happened to the baby and how he sustained fractured bones and injuries of that nature,” said Kanguatjivi. 
Naries had only been looking after baby Hope for three weeks. She is in custody at Wanaheda Police Station. The baby was buried last week in Windhoek. The baby's father said they were still reeling from the shock. He also said they failed to see the signs that the nanny kept sending when she dealt with their baby. 
“We suspect it is her because the baby's grandmother said she noticed on several occasions that the nanny was rough with the child,” Uahongora. 
He also said the nanny kept changing her account of what happened when she was interrogated. Baby Hope's case is akin to the Ugandan case of a nanny that caused an international stir after a video of her physically abusing a two-year-old toddler entrusted in her care went viral last year.

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