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Woman in Police Custody for Concealing Birth

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A twenty-year-old woman has been arrested in Mangochi for concealing birth of a child and dumping her newly born baby in a pit latrine.

Mangochi Police Station Deputy Spokesperson, Sub Inspector Amina Tepani Daudi, who has identified the young woman as Sausedye Saizi, says the incident happened on Wednesday night, March 10, 2021 at Bwanali Village in the area of Traditional Authority Chowe in the district.

Tepani Daudi said, “according to the mother of the culprit, her daughter was nine months pregnant, but denied all along to disclose the person responsible for the pregnancy and on the said date, she was surprised after noticing changes on her daughter, showing signs that she just delivered.”

She said, after being seriously interrogated, it was discovered that she delivered on herself a bouncing baby girl and dumped her in the pit latrine a few meters away from her house.

“We, rushed to the scene and hooked the toddler from the pit-latrine, unfortunately she didn't survive,” explained Tepani Daudi, who said postmortem conducted at Mangochi district hospital has indicated suffocation as the cause of death.

She said, Sausedye who has not yet revealed her motives behind the evil act, will appear before court to answer the charge of concealing the birth of a child which is contrary to Section 234 of the Penal code.

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