Kasungu Woman Sleeps With Decomposed Body of Daughter

A 39-year-old woman in Kasungu is in police custody for secretly keeping a dead body of her one-month-old baby in the house at Kasalika location in Kasungu municipality until it started to decompose.

Kasungu Police Public Relations Officer, Joseph Kachikho has identified the suspect as Grace Nasala Chimbewa from Chamasowa village in the area of Traditional Authority Chimaliro in Thyolo District.

Kachikho said "Chimbewa gave birth to a baby girl on September 13, 2021, at her house and the second week of October 2021 the baby got sick but the suspect never bothered to take her to any hospital for medical attention. The baby died on 15 October 2021 but she kept it to herself."

It is alleged that the woman was telling visitors wanting to see her baby that they could not see her because she was sleeping.

But after smelling a rat some elderly women and block leaders forced her to see the baby only to find it in a decomposed state.

Police arrested the woman yesterday following a tip from members of the public.

Kachikho says Chimbewa will appear before the court to answer a case of abandonment of a child contrary to Section 232(A) of the Penal code.

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Last modified on Monday, 25/10/2021

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