Mother to be charged with baby concealment and murder

25 Jun 2017 12:20pm
WALVIS BAY, 25 JUN (NAMPA) – A 40-year-old woman from Walvis Bay was Friday arrested and will be charged with baby concealment and murder.
She allegedly gave birth to a healthy baby boy on Thursday, put him in a plastic bag and threw him in a garbage bin.
On Friday, the woman went to the Walvis Bay State Hospital complaining of abdominal pain but upon examination, a medical doctor alerted the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) to investigate her condition.
Police officers discovered the baby in the bin.
In a crime report on Sunday, NamPol Crime Investigations Coordinator in the Erongo Deputy Commissioner Erastus Iikuyu said the suspect was after they were alerted admitted in the hospital under police guard.
Iikuyu said a post mortem will be conducted to determine the cause of the baby’s death.
The woman is expected before the Walvis Bay Magistrate’s Court on Monday.
At Swakopmund on Friday, Iikuyu said another woman was arrested for allegedly neglecting her baby, which led to his death.
The baby’s body, clad in a jersey, was found hanging on a plank of the bed.
The 28-year-old suspect allegedly left her eight-month-old boy locked in her shack in DRC informal settlement and went to work.
She allegedly did not tell anyone that she left the baby alone at home but she had placed a key where it can be seen.
Iikuyu said around 17h00, the mother’s sister and a friend showed up at the shack and shockingly discovered the dead baby.
She is expected before court on Monday. Police investigations in both matters continue.