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Foetus found 'hidden' in wardrobe

By unknown | Aug 29, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Canaan Mdletshe

Canaan Mdletshe

An 18-year-old woman has been arrested after a foetus was discovered in a wardrobe in her Umlazi home.

Police spokesman Captain Khephu Ndlovu said the young woman was arrested yesterday after she had gone to Prince Mshiyeni Hospital after falling ill.

"At the hospital, nurses found that she had been pregnant but the baby was nowhere to be seen," said Ndlovu.

"They questioned her and she denied ever being pregnant. They then called the police and when we went to her home in Umlazi, we found a foetus hidden in a wardrobe."

The foetus was wrapped in a cloth and placed in a plastic bag, he said. The woman was arrested and placed under police guard in hospital.

Ndlovu said she would soon appear in the Umlazi magistrate's court on a charge of concealment of birth.

"We will establish her reasons for aborting the baby once her condition improves," he said.

Meanwhile, a pedestrian has died after being knocked down by a state ambulance in Umlazi.

Transport spokesman Nonkululeko Mbatha said the victim died at the scene.

The provincial transport department has warned against using bakkies to ferry children to school. Five pupils died when a bakkie they were travelling in overturned in Umsinga on Wednesday.


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