Oshikoto woman arrested on baby murder allegations

29 Dec 2016 12:50pm
WINDHOEK, 29 DEC (NAMPA) – A woman from Omupanda village in the Oshikoto Region is Thursday expected to appear in the Ondangwa Magistrate’s Court for allegedly killing her new-born baby.
Police reports by Deputy Regional Crime Investigations Coordinator for Oshikoto Region, Chief Inspector Edna Nawa on Thursday states the 37-year-old suspect gave birth to a baby girl at home on 12 December 2016 and two days later, her boyfriend went to inform his family about the birth of the child.
However, upon his return the baby was gone.
The mother told the baby’s father on enquiry that the baby had died, but refused to tell him where she had buried the newborn.
The matter was reported to the police only on Tuesday.
The suspect fled the scene before the police’s arrival but was arrested on Wednesday, when she was found hiding in bushes nearby their homestead.
Police found the baby buried in the mahangu field near their home.
Both the accused and the baby’s father were employed as domestic workers in the same house.
The suspect has five other children, including a three-year-old son, fathered by the boyfriend.
Further police investigations will be carried out to determine the cause of death.