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Woman faces attempted murder charge after dumping her baby in pit toilet

Jan 8, 2018
Woman faces attempted murder charge after dumping her baby in pit toilet

A 21-year-old woman is expected to appear in the Lehurutshe Magistrate's Court in connection with attempted murder of her newly-born baby.

"The suspect's court appearance came after she was charged on Saturday for allegedly attempting to kill her three-day-old baby boy," described police spokesperson, Lieutenant Colonel Amanda Funani.

"According to information available at this stage, it appears that the woman, whom the family did not know that she was pregnant, delivered a baby boy without assistance of any person, and then threw the new born into a pit toilet on Thursday at Dinokana village, Lehurutshe."

She sadid that the baby was discovered by the woman's cousin after she saw blood on the toilet floor.

"While still shocked, she heard the baby crying from the pit toilet and called her sister and the neighbours.

"The police and Emergency Medical and Rescue Services (EMRS) were summoned to the scene where the new born baby was rescued. The mother and the baby were taken to hospital for medical examination," added  Lieutenant Colonel Funani .

"After being under police guard since Thursday, the mother was discharged from the hospital on Saturday. She is expected to appear in the Lehurutshe Magistrates' Court on Monday."

The North West Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Baile Motswenyane, condemned the incident.

She also commended the police and Emergency Services personnel for working together to preserve life by removing the baby alive from the pit toilet.