13 November 2012

Namibia: Dumped Baby Rescued in Dorado Park

A BABY was found abandoned at a construction site in Aries Street, Dorado Park, bringing to 10 the number of baby dumping cases reported in Windhoek since January.

Of the ten babies, only two, including the one found this morning, were found alive. Another baby girl was found alive in a plastic bag in Havana earlier this year.

The little girl found yesterday is about one week old and was severely dehydrated when found by construction workers. She had been placed into an empty cement bag and tucked under some bushes.

Betuel Kaaheke, one of the construction workers, heard a baby crying and thought it was a cell phone. He asked his fellow workers why they didn't answer the phone, and when they replied that they did not own a phone, he started to investigate.

“I then saw the little feet sticking out from the cement bag and the whole bag was moving,” said Kaaheke.

He then went to the house at which they were working and had the police called.

“I am a father myself and when I saw the baby I was horrified. I cannot understand how you can throw away a human being, not even a dog gets thrown away like that,” he added.

Patricia Muyoba, the owner of the house where the construction is taking place, rushed home when she heard of the discovery.

“When the children phoned with this find I rushed home as I could not believe it. I have no words,” she said.

The baby was taken to hospital. According to a paramedic she is about one week old and was delivered in a hospital, as the umbilical cord was cut professionally.

Helena Mootseng of the City Police asked people to alert the police when they notice that a woman has given birth and there is no sign of the baby after a while.

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