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Body of newly-born baby found near university campus, police investigating

Jul 31, 2017
Body of newly-born baby found near university campus, police investigating

Police in Butterworth have appealed to the public for assistance with information that might assist in their investigations after a newly-born baby boy was found covered in a plastic bag and already dead near the Walter Sisulu University.

"A security guard, who was on duty at Walter Sisulu University (Bika campus), in Butterworth, saw a dog pulling a plastic bag," said police spokesperson, Captain Jackson Manatha.

"As the dog was pulling the plastic bag, the security guard saw tiny body of baby.

"He went to investigate and saw baby seemingly, who was newly born. The incident happened on Friday 28 July 2017 at about 11:45."

Captain Manatha said that Msobomvu police were alerted and the body of the baby was taken to local state mortuary.

"A case of concealment of birth has been opened. No one has been arrested at the moment," he said.

"Anyone with information about the concealment of birth is kindly requested to contact Msobomvu police at 047 4920 180 or Crime Stop 08600 10111."