Woman buries baby’s body in backyard

Police investigators. Picture: Tracy Lee Stark

A woman (23) has been arrested after giving birth and burying the body of her dead baby in her backyard in Soshanguve Block Y, Pretoria.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Lolo Mangena said the woman’s mother notified the police after her daughter told her she had dumped the baby in a nearby veld early this month, Rekord North reported.

“When her mother notified the police, investigations were conducted, and it was found she had buried her newborn daughter in the backyard,” added Mangena.

Mangena said the infant was born alive.

The woman was taken to an unnamed hospital after she started bleeding profusely, police said.

“The hospital cannot be named because some residents have threatened to kill her,” added police.

Mangena said an inquest docket of concealment has been opened, and she would appear in court as soon as she has been discharged from hospital.

In a separate incident, a 29-year-old mother of four was arrested for allegedly concealing the birth of her son in Mpumalanga.

“It is alleged that on Saturday, the 20th of December 2014, Annah Bapela gave birth to her baby boy while she visited her boyfriend. She then woke up late in the evening and concealed the baby in a toilet pit,” police said.

“After the incident, she went back to sleep and pretended as if nothing happened. On Sunday, the father of the baby noticed a blanket in a bucket left abandoned behind the toilet pit,” added police.

Brigadier Selvy Mohlala said the man contacted Bapela’s cousin and on Tuesday Bapela told her cousin that she concealed her child immediately after birth due to the fact that she had three other children to look after.

– Caxton News Service

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