Saturday, November 28, 2020

Maun woman arrested on suspicion of infanticide

A 41-year-old woman from Komana cattle post near Maun was this week remanded in police custody after the secret burial of her 18-month old baby girl on the 7th January.

Maun Station Commander Superintendent Kenny Badumetse said the baby was admitted at Letsholathebe II Memorial hospital in the care of its mother and had been sick with pneumonia. Her being at the hospital was confirmed by doctors there and no one suspected someone her age would sneak out and do the unthinkable.

The baby’s remains were exhumed immediately after some people in the same location had reported a suspicious grave in what looked like home to an Anteater. It was after the exhumation that a tiny baby girl was found wrapped in a green towel.

Should she be found guilty, Badumetse said the woman stands to be charged with Unlawful disposal of dead bodies without authority, and will be liable to a fine of P400 or a prison term not exceeding two years or both. This falls under Section 24, Cap 07.01 of the Inquest Act which reads as thus: “Any person who, without lawful authority or excuse, buries, cremates or otherwise disposes of the body of any person when there is reasonable cause to suspect that such a person has died a violent or an unnatural death or as a result of a criminal act, or has died a sudden death of which the cause is unknown or causes or permits such body to be buried, cremated or otherwise disposed of, shall be guilty of an offence and liable to a fine not exceeding P400 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or both”.

In yet another incident, a 28-year-old man of Sedie ward in Maun who had attempted to end his life on January 11th is reported to have died a few hours after arrival at Latsholathebe Hospital. The deceased, according to Badumetse, had earlier been rescued by a neighbor who rushed to cut the wire around his neck after he had spotted him hanging from the rafters of his house.

Unfortunately he died while being attended by doctors. No suicide note was found at the scene, and the family is equally shocked as to why he decided to take his life.

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