A 23-year-old woman was arrested for allegedly burying her newborn baby alive in a shallow grave in the yard of her in-laws in the Bolata Village, in Phuthaditjhaba, Free State police said on Wednesday.
Spokesperson Sergeant Mmako Mophiring said that on Tuesday her mother-in-law noticed that the woman was not pregnant any more.
“It is alleged that on August 2 the mother-in-law of the suspect was at the toilet when she noticed a placenta inside. She confronted her daughter-in-law who was pregnant and she confessed, then pointed out where she had buried the baby,” Mophiring said.
“She dug up a plastic bag containing the body of a newborn baby girl. It was discovered that she gave birth on July 30, inside the house and wrapped the newborn in plastic then buried her in a shallow grave and kept quiet.”
The police were alerted and the woman was arrested. She is expected to appear in the Tseki Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, facing a charge of concealment of birth.
– African News Agency (ANA)