18 Apr 2016 16:40pm
WINDHOEK, 18 APR (NAMPA) A woman was arrested for dumping her three-day-old baby girl in the Greenwell Matongo residential area of the capital on Monday.
The baby was discovered crying in a plastic bag by a passerby at about 05h00 in the vicinity of Kandali Courts along Eveline Street.
This person notified members of the Women and Men Network against Crime, who in turn informed the police.
Helena Niiwa, a member of the community policing group, told Nampa at the Katutura Intermediate Hospital on Monday they removed the baby from the plastic bag and brought her to the hospital.
When found, the baby had a piece of material around her neck and was wrapped in a black shirt.
It seems as if the baby was busy suffocating but somehow oxygen was able to enter the bag. We found her crying when we arrived at the scene, said Niiwa.
City Police spokesperson, Assistant Superintendent Cillie Auala said the babys mother was arrested after her landlord contacted the Gender-based Violence Investigation Unit, informing them that the woman gave birth on Friday but the baby was nowhere to be seen.
Auala also mentioned that the mother was last seen with the baby on Sunday.
She (baby) is alive and weighs about 3.1 kilogrammes. Shes doing well and they (medical personnel) are just waiting for a few test results, but so far the baby is okay, she said.
Auala said they are going to leave the baby in the custody of Maternity Unit personnel and will wait for social workers to determine the way forward.
She added that the mother is a Zimbabwean national who does not have proper documentation such as a passport or identity document that could reliably identify her, but according the babys medical/hospital card the mother is 29 years old.
The suspect told police she dumped the baby because she cannot take care of it after the father of the baby, who is also from Zimbabwe, wanted nothing to do with the baby. He is also in Windhoek.