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Neglected baby suffocates in bed with drunk parents

Neglected baby suffocates in bed with drunk parents

Niël Terblanché

WHILE investigating a complaint of a serious case of child neglect, Police in Omaruru discovered the lifeless body of the eight-month-old Suuko Hindjou on a bed between her sleeping parents in their shack in the Sonskyn informal settlement.
According to the official police report neighbours observed the parents heavily under the influence of alcohol in the early hours of Saturday morning.
“The police was notified when the 34-year-old father and the 22-year-old mother were seen at about 03:00 walking from bar to bar around the location while the woman was carrying the baby who seemed to be in an extremely neglected condition.
The parents of the baby was arrested and charged with culpable homicide.
It is suspected that the baby suffocated after one of the adults lay on top of her while in a drunken stupor, but a post mortem examination will be conducted to determine the actual cause of death.

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