Baby found in Mpumalanga pit toilet

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Police are investigating a case of concealment of birth and attempted murder after a newborn baby was found in a public pit toilet at the Mabusa farm settlement near Ermelo, Mpumalanga.

Police spokesperson Captain Carla Prinsloo said a member of the public heard noises while using the toilet at about 18:15 on Friday, Highvelder reported.

Passers-by were called to assist and they then heard a baby cry. The structure covering the pit was removed and a woman passer-by searched through the contents and uncovered a newborn baby boy wrapped in a plastic bag.

The child was taken to the Ermelo Provincial Hospital where he is currently being treated. A 20-year-old woman was subsequently arrested and charged with concealment of birth. The charge was later revised to one of attempted murder. She appeared in the Ermelo Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

Authorities are looking into placing the child in the care of a grandmother.

Earlier this month, a 27-year-old woman was arrested and charged with attempted murder after she allegedly threw her newborn infant into a sewage-filled hole in the Rajkumar informal settlement in Tongaat, KwaZulu-Natal.

When police arrived at the scene, community members positively identified the mother of the child, which was confirmed by an employee at Tongaat Clinic, where the woman delivered the baby.

Paul Herbst from IPSS Medical Rescue said an advanced life support paramedic assessed the baby and found him to be in a stable condition. “The child was transported to a local hospital for treatment,” said Herbst.

Caxton News Service

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