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Zvishavane maid dumps hour-old baby in pit 

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Zvishavane maid dumps hour-old baby in pit 


Sydney Mubaiwa 


ZVISHAVANE – Police in Zvishavane have arrested Odeta Nyakabawo (23) from Chief Mapanzure’s area for infanticide.

She allegedly suffocated her hour-old baby girl and dumped the body in a shallow pit last Friday.

Midlands Police Spokesperson Inspector Emmanuel Mahoko told The Mirror that the body was recovered and investigations are ongoing. 

Odeta was employed as a house maid in Mabhara Village, Chief Mapanzure in Zvishavane.

Circumstances are that on the fateful day, Odeta informed her workmate Thembisani Ndlovu (27) that she was having labour pains.

She went on to deliver a baby girl around 5: 30 pm. She was seen taking the baby to her bedroom. 

It is alleged that she suffocated the baby an hour later by covering its face with a blanket. She then placed the body inside a plastic bag and threw it in a shallow pit. 

Ndlovu asked Odeta the whereabouts of the child on the following morning and Odeta allegedly told her that she killed the baby and buried the body in a pit 500 metres from the homestead.

A Police report was filed and ZRP Zvishavane officers attended the scene. Odeta was arrested and the baby’s body was recovered and taken to Zvishavane District Hospital.

Mahoko encouraged mothers to seek help from health authorities when dealing with infants.

“We advise mothers who face challenges associated with nursing their newly born babies to the seek assistance from health professionals,” he said.

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