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Newborn rescued from pit latrine

Newborn rescued from pit latrine

Newborn rescued from pit latrine

Maria David

THE Omusati police has rescued a newborn baby from a pit latrine at Omadhiya village in Onesi constituency.

The one week old baby girl was rescued on Monday at about 19h00, after she was dumped in the pit latrine by her biological mother.

The 25-year-old mother of the baby has been arrested and is under police guard at the Tsandi Hospital with her baby. She is facing a charge of attempted murder. Police spokesperson, Inspector Linekela Shikongo, said the suspect allegedly dumped her baby girl in a pit latrine in the mahangu field of a neighbour and left her there to die.

“The owner of the house allegedly went to the toilet when he heard a baby crying from the pit latrine,” said Shikongo, adding that the owner of the house, together with his wife, immediately informed the police who came to the scene and removed the baby.

According to Shikongo is still unclear what prompted her to dump the baby.

Shikongo noted that the suspect is expected to make her first court appearance at the Outapi magistrate court after she is discharged from the hospital.

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