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Woman arrested for infanticide

by Staff reporter
06 Dec 2022 at 18:49hrs | Views
A 34-year-old woman from Chiwundura has been arrested after she gave birth and later fatally struck the baby using a cooking stick.

Acting Midlands provincial police spokesperson, Assistant Inspector Fungai Ngawagare said the suspect Susan Manikayi who was heavily pregnant went into labour while she was in a kitchen last Sunday.

"She then instructed two minors that she was staying with to go outside but they then peeped into the kitchen through the window as she was delivering a baby," said Asst Insp Ngawagare.

He said soon after giving birth, she took a cooking stick and struck the newborn twice on the head killing the baby.

"She then wrapped the baby in a grey skirt and stashed it at the back of the door. The following morning she took the body and went to a nearby bush where she dug a shallow grave and buried the baby. The minors later informed some villagers who then alerted the police leading to the arrest of Manikayi," he said.

Source - The Herald