Young mother's case of alleged newborn killing postponed

10 Mar 2016 08:10am
OPUWO, 10 MAR (NAMPA) – A 17-year-old learner arrested for allegedly killing her newborn baby after giving birth, was Wednesday released from custody.
The release comes after her first appearance in the Opuwo Magistrate’s Court the same day.
She was put under the care of a guardian, who was told to ensure she appears in court on the next court date.
Her case was postponed to 06 May to allow further police investigations.
The suspect is a learner at Otjiu West Primary School, which is located some 80 kilometres west of Opuwo in the Kunene Region.
Nampa reported last month that on 23 February, the suspect allegedly woke up her friend and asked to be accompanied to nearby bushes, as she was not feeling well.
While in the bush, the suspect allegedly gave birth to a baby girl, wrapped the baby in her jersey and placed her in a trench at a dumping site.
She is said to have placed a rock on the baby's neck.
The baby was found dead around 15h00 later that day, after the friend of the suspect leaked the story.
The girl was arrested and received treatment at the Opuwo State Hospital under police guard.
She was thereafter placed in police custody until her release on Wednesday morning.
State prosecutor Aubrey Ndlovu represented the State.