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An Umlazi, Durban, woman is under police guard in hospital after allegedly admitting to strangling her newborn baby boy.
Police spokesman Khephu Ndlovu said yesterday the woman gave birth at her home on Sunday and allegedly strangled the baby using a scarf.
She had complications after giving birth and asked a friend to take her to Prince Mshiyeni Hospital.
The friend, not realising that the woman had already given birth, accompanied her to the hospital thinking she was suffering from labour pains. On arrival at the hospital, nurses discovered that she had, in fact, given birth a few hours earlier. When the nurses questioned her, she confessed to having given birth and then strangling the infant.
Ndlovu said when police arrived at the hospital, the woman pointed to a plastic bag her friend was carrying.
"The body of a newborn baby was inside the plastic bag with the woman's cosmetics and a scarf allegedly used to strangle the baby," said Ndlovu.
He said the woman's friend was not aware that the plastic bag she was carrying also contained the dead baby. She thought she was carrying her friend's cosmetics and the baby's clothes.