Woman Aged 42 Nabbed for Concealing Birth in Thyolo
A 42-year old woman Mercy Mikisoni has been arrested in Thyolo on allegations that she concealed birth.
Thyolo police deputy publicist Rabecca Kashoti, indicated that Mickson allegedly delivered the baby on her own on Friday, but threw it in a forest.
Kashoti said the baby was later found by some relations and was taken to Thekerani health centre for treatment.
"Facts are that a certain woman was coming from Thekerani Health Centre and when she arrived at a forest which is few meters from her house she heard a baby crying and she alerted community members. They rushed to the scene where they found the baby girl covered with fresh tree leaves before taking her to the hospital.
"The Village headman was informed about the issue and he called all pregnant women in the village but the suspect didn't show up. And those who came were taken to the hospital where they were examined and all were still pregnant. Then they went to the suspect's house where they took her to the hospital too for examination, when examined the results showed that he has given birth," she said.
Kashoti added that when asked, the suspect admitted that it was her who left her in the forest.
The suspect and the baby are currently at Thyolo District Hospital as the latter awaits court appearance soon.
The suspect comes from Mchekecha Village, Traditional Authority Nsabwe in the district.