Hard luck for dump baby
A man looking for scrap metal on a smelly dump screamed in shock when he uncovered a bloody box with a newborn baby in it.
"A nursing sister living nearby heard the man's screams and ran to him. The nurse was also shocked and alerted the police," police spokesman Captain Shado Mashobane told Sowetan.
He told the cops that the baby was most probably only about four or five hours old.
"The baby was still covered in a placenta and an umbilical cord was still intact," Mashobane said.
The police called for an ambulance and the baby was safe for a while.
"But the infant later died on his way to Kopanong Hospital in Vereeniging," Mashobane said.
An inquest docket was opened at De Deur police station and he appealed to anyone with information to contact the police.
Last month, a Vereeniging taxi driver and his passengers made a gruesome discovery when they found the body of a newborn baby girl inside a minibus.
The baby had been put inside a refuse bag and stuffed under the seat behind the driver's while the taxi was travelling along the route from Sebokeng to Vereeniging.