‘Freezer mom’ Melice Jacobs granted bail

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The Mthatha Magistrates’ Court has released “freezer mom” Melice Jacobs on bail.

Police spokesperson Colonel Sibongile Soci confirmed Jacobs, 28, was released on R5 000 bail during her court appearance yesterday.

“The bail condition is as follows: she finds an alternative place to stay in the Mthatha area, she may not leave Mthatha area, and does not interfere with witnesses,” said Soci.

Jacobs had been arrested after the discovery of the bodies of infants in a freezer in her home in the New Brighton location, near Mthatha.

Four newborn infants were found – one in the freezer compartment of a fridge and the other three in a freezer. Jacobs reportedly admitted to knowing the bodies had been there.

Police had broken into the house after receiving a tip-off in February.

It was estimated the babies were all between one and two months old. Police said one of the frozen infants was allegedly strangled to death using a shoelace. The cause of death of the other three newborns has not yet been established.

The case has been remanded for April 9.

– Caxton News Service

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