Abandoned baby girl found near Swakopmund

20 Nov 2016 15:00pm
SWAKOPMUND, 20 NOV (NAMPA) - A passerby on Saturday discovered a week-old baby girl abandoned next to a water pipe along the Swakopmund-Arandis road.
Detective Chief Inspector, Erastus Iikuyu of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) confirmed this to Nampa on Sunday saying the discovery was made at around 08h45 some nine kilometres from Swakopmund.
He said a passer-by heard the baby crying and immediately called the police.
Iikuyu said police suspect the baby, dark in complexion, was most likely dumped there by her mother on Saturday morning.
“She was taken to the Swakopmund State Hospital for medical examination, which showed she is healthy. She is now at the Walvis Bay’s Kids Haven,” Iikuyu said.
Caretakers at the Kids Haven confirmed her presence to Nampa.
“We opened a case of child abandonment and neglect and are requesting the public to provide information which can lead to the arrest of the suspect on this matter,” Iikuyu said.
In a separate incident, a 25-year-old woman died Friday after she was hit by a vehicle in Swakopmund’s DRC informal settlement.
Wilhelmine Mapumba was hit by a sedan around 11h00 while walking home.
“She sustained serious injuries after which she was rushed to the Swakopmund State Hospital and later to the Walvis Bay State Hospital where she died,” Iikuyu told Nampa.
A 25-year-old unlicensed driver was arrested and charged with culpable homicide as well as reckless and or negligent driving.
He is expected in court on Monday
Another person died Saturday evening in Mondesa when stabbed on the left chest with an unknown object. The 17-year-old Desmond Garibasen Rinaldo Awarab, died on the way to the hospital from Hero Bar.
“It is not clear what caused the stabbing. A 31-year-old male suspect was detained for questioning,” Iikuyu told Nampa.