Woman arrested for concealing birth of child


Police in Nkhata Bay District are keeping in custody Mary Nkhoma (age not known) for allegedly concealing birth of a baby boy and dumping it in a pit latrine at Pundu Primary School in the district.

Reports filed at Nkhata Bay Police Station, indicate that on August 6, 2022, one of the villagers James Msumba who resides in one of the villages surrounding the primary school, wanted to answer a call of nature using the afore-mentioned pit latrine where he heard a baby crying.

Msumba reported the matter to the school’s Headteacher who conveyed the report to Nkhata Bay Police Station where investigations were launched leading to the arrest of the suspect.

The baby was immediately retrieved alive from the toilet and was taken to Nkhata Bay District Hospital where it is receiving treatment.

The mother hails from Mbavi Village T/A Njewa in Lilongwe. She will appear in court soon to answer charges of concealing birth of a child.

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