Another woman dumps baby in toilet over poverty


MWENEZI – A healthy baby born to a Mwenezi woman is lucky to be alive after spending nine hours down a pit latrine where it had been dumped by the mother.

This comes one week after The Mirror wrote about a Mberengwa woman who appeared in court after dumping a baby because she had no resources to look after the child.

The baby was thrown down the toilet by her mother Shylet Kutocha (25) soon after she gave birth at 11pm. Kutocha works for Mwenezana Estates in Mwenezi. The toilet had to be destroyed to rescue the child after Praise Ndhlovu
heard the baby crying at 8:30am.

Kutocha was brought before Mwenezi Resident Magistrate Honesty Musiiwa facing attempted infanticide charges. She was sentenced to 20 months in prison and 14 months were suspended for 5 years on condition that she does not commit a similar offence.

She said she dumped the baby because the father had denied responsibility and she was poor with two other children from different fathers to look after.

The accused gave birth on August 15, 2020.

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