8 January 2013

Namibia: Reho Police Search for 'Baby Dumper'

The police at Rehoboth are looking for a woman who dumped her newborn baby on December 28 last year.

Deputy Commissioner Edwin Kanguatjivi, a police spokesperson, yesterday said the baby was found between 07h00 and 07h30 between the town's Block A and D residential areas.

According to him, a passerby, who was crossing a river, heard the baby boy cry.

He was "well clad", Kanguatjivi said. "The intention was probably not to hurt the baby but for someone to notice him and pick him up."

A police officer at the town yesterday said that the baby was a full-term baby and healthy. The umbilical cord had not been cut.

The baby is being treated in the St Mary's Hospital at the town.

Although some witnesses claimed that a woman came past their house and asked for water when they heard a baby cry, they are unable to identify her as it was dark, the police officer said.

Meanwhile, Kanguatjivi said the Rehoboth police are also investigating a case in which the body of Lolita Stumpfe (35) was found on the road between Rehoboth and Windhoek on December 29 - just outside the Hardap town.

Kanguatjivi said a motorist noticed "something" in the road and swerved to avoid hitting it. Although he tried to warn other motorists, two trucks drove over Stumpfe's remains.

Kanguatjivi could not say whether Stumpfe was dead before the trucks drove over her.

"Some of the things simply don't add up. We are still awaiting the post-mortem results," Kanguatjivi said.

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