5 December 2018

Namibia: Baby Dumped in Pit Latrine Survives

A twenty-one year-old resident of Okapya Kambidhi village in the Ogongo constituency of the Omusati region was arrested for concealment of birth after she allegedly dumped her new-born baby in a pit latrine on Monday.

It is alleged that the suspect gave birth to a baby girl at around 06h00 on Monday, and dumped the baby in a pit latrine afterwards. She is being charged with attempted murder and concealment of birth.

Omusati police spokesperson, inspector Linekela Shikongo, told The Namibian yesterday that the baby was discovered alive by her grandmother when the woman heard the child crying from the toilet, which was situated a few metres from their homestead.

Shikongo said the toilet was dismantled and the baby successfully retrieved.

"Both baby and mother were then taken to the Oshikuku hospital, where they are receiving treatment under police guard. Both are said to be in a stable condition. Investigations are ongoing," Shikongo said.

He added that the mother will appear in the Outapi Magistrate's Court as soon as she is fit to stand trial.

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