GONE: Dead newborn found in yard

A 23-year-old woman was arrested for allegedly burying her newborn baby alive in a shallow grave in the yard of her in-laws in Phuthaditjhaba, Free State.

Free State police spokesperson sergeant Mmako Mophiring said on Tuesday her mother-in-law noticed the woman was not pregnant anymore.

“It is alleged that on August 2 the mother-in-law of the suspect was at the toilet when she noticed a placenta inside. She confronted her daughter-in-law who was pregnant and she confessed then pointed out where she had buried the baby,” Mophiring said.

“She dug up a plastic bag containing the body of a newborn baby girl. It was discovered that she gave birth on July 30 inside the house and wrapped the new born in a plastic then buried her in a shallow grave and kept quiet.”

The police were alerted and the woman was arrested.

She was expected to appear in the Tseki Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, facing a charge of concealment of birth.