Body of baby found, mother arrested

Body of baby found, mother arrested
Body of baby found, mother arrested. Image source: Pixabay

A 27-year-old woman from the Nonyevu locality in Port St Johns is facing a charge of murder after the body of her 11-month-old baby girl was found by a local man in the bushes.

It is alleged that on Friday, 5 January 2024, the man went into the bushes to urinate when he found the baby in a refuse bag. He alerted the members of the community, and the mother was traced.

According to police information, on 29 December 2023 the infant got sick and passed away at about 05:00 on 1 January 2024. It is alleged that the mother wrapped the child with a towel, put her in a plastic bag then threw her in the bushes at Nonyevu locality where she was living at the time.

The mother was assaulted by the community and is hospitalised. She will be charged for murder and will appear in the Port St Johns magistrate court. A post mortem will be conducted to determine the exact cause of death.

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