Headless baby found in veld

By Lesego Masemola

Soshanguve police are puzzled by the discovery of a headless newly born baby in veld at the weekend.

The gruesome discovery was made by a street vendor at 10am on Saturday. He noticed the body wrapped in a shawl near the Bodibeng Library in Block BB.

He alerted police who came to investigate. Police spokesman Warrant officer Lolo Mangena said police were trying to trace the mother of the child and possibly link her through DNA to the child.

"We are not sure of the sex of the child. Indications are it was a stillborn baby," Mangena said.

In March, the Pretoria News reported that at least two foetuses a week were being dumped under bridges, in pit toilets or in plastic bags in the veld because of the prevalence of illegal abortions in north and central Pretoria.

This was despite abortions being legal in the country and performed freely at state hospitals to women who were up to 13 weeks pregnant.

This week, a 30-year-old Soshanguve woman is expected to appear in the Soshanguve Magistrate's Court on a charge of murdering her newly born.

Three weeks ago, a passerby discovered the body of another newly born in veld near Block KK.

The baby's lower body had been burnt. It is believed paraffin was used to burn the baby.

Police investigations pointed to a woman living in Block P who had been pregnant, but suddenly was no longer expecting, yet did not have a baby.

When police traced her, the suspect had already heard she was wanted by police and fled to Winterveld, said Mangena.

"Police traced her to Winterveld after receiving information," he said. Questioned by police, she apparently confessed the baby was hers and said she had killed the baby because the father did not want to take responsibility.

Mangena appealed to women who did not want to keep their babies to take them to places of safety such as the Father Smangaliso Mkhatshwa Place of Safety where they could be cared for and possibly be adopted. Investigations continue in both cases.
This article was originally published on page 4 of Pretoria News on June 15, 2010

Report ID: 390
Crime Category: Murder
Province: Gauteng
Suburb: Soshanguve
Address: Bodibeng Library in Block BB
Crime Date/Time: 13 Jun 2010, 00:06 AM
Reported By: Report A Crime
Reported Date: 15 Jun 2010, 11:06 AM
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