DOGS fighting over body parts of a newborn baby in the bushes near the Etunda village led to the arrest of a 21-year-old woman on charges of murder and concealment of birth.
The dogs dug out the body of the baby from a shallow grave where the young woman buried the newborn.
Omusati Regional Police Commander, Commissioner Titus Shikongo, confirmed the gruesome incident and said the remains of the baby were discovered by a member of the woman’s family on Saturday.
It is said still unclear when the mother actually perpetrated the murder.
Shikongo indicated that investigations disclosed that the suspect is living in a house along with her mother, her 13-year-old brother, and the suspect’s one-year-old daughter.
“It is alleged that the suspect gave birth to the baby and then went ahead and struck the new-born with an unknown object in order to kill the baby,” he said.
He said the suspect dug a shallow grave amongst the bushes near the homestead and buried the body in it.
He pointed out that the discovery of the baby’s body was made by her young brother and one of his friends from the same village.
“The children heard dogs barking and growling and when they investigated they saw that the animals had dug up the remains and were eating it,” he said.
According to Commissioner Shikongo, when officers attended the scene, they could only find the head and left arm of the newborn baby, which means that the sex of the child could not be determined at this stage.
“The suspect was arrested and is due to appear in the Okahao Magistrate’s court on Monday,” he said.
He said that the results of a post mortem examination will form part of the investigation.