DNA to show if suspect is mother of dead babies

FEBRUARY 11, 2015

Police are expecting DNA results to determine if a 29-year-old Mthatha woman who handed herself in on Tuesday following the discovery of the bodies of four babies in her refrigerators in New Brighton, Mthatha, is the mother of the babies as she claims, Eastern Cape police said.

"According to the post mortem, the doctor found a shoelace around the neck of one of the babies which indicates that the baby was strangled to death," spokesman Colonel Mzukisi Fatyela said.

"She claims that she is the mother of all four babies but we don't agree with her and DNA tests will be done tomorrow [Wednesday]."

The woman is expected to appear in the Mthatha Magistrate's Court on Thursday to face murder charges.

The bodies were found on Saturday after police received a tip-off.

Reports say that there had been a memorial service for the man on Thursday, and mourners were fed food which came from the freezer and fridges containing the babies' bodies.

Leftovers were even placed back in the fridge.

The woman who made the gruesome discovery, went to clean the home on Saturday and noticed a foul stench.

Thinking that the meat had gone off due to load shedding, she started to clean the freezers and discovered the bodies.

One body was found in a freezer in the dining room and three were found in a kitchen refrigerator. Three of them were in black garbage bags and one was wrapped in baby clothes. They bodies are believed to be about a month old.

Neighbours, who were horrified by the gruesome discovery, described the couple as friendly and religious.