Okamatapati woman arrested for murder of new-born baby

27 Sep 2018 12:50pm
OTJIWARONGO, 27 SEP (NAMPA) – A 28-year-old woman was arrested on Wednesday at Okamatapati after a post-mortem report indicated that her newly born baby boy was throttled upon birth on 19 September 2018.
The woman is expected to appear in the Okakarara Magistrate’s Court on a charge of murder.
It is alleged that she had delivered the healthy baby on her own in bushes near her family residence.
The woman then brought home the dead body and showed close relatives, giving them the explanation that the baby died naturally upon birth.
Spokesperson of the Namibian Police Force in the Otjozondjupa Region, Warrant Officer Maureen Mbeha in an interview with Nampa on Thursday said the woman was arrested after it was revealed by the post-mortem that the baby was born alive.
“The baby was also breastfed upon birth, and that milk was found in his stomach,” Mbeha said.
The post-mortem was very clear that he was born alive and there were finger marks around the baby’s neck which left injuries on him as a sign of suffocation, Mbeha added.
Police investigations in the matter continue.