Alleged baby dumper in hospital after arrest

21 May 2020 | Crime

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A 23-year-old woman was arrested on Sunday on charges of murder, concealment of birth and for defeating the cause of justice.

The suspect has been admitted at Swakopmund State hospital and is under police guard.

According to the NamPol’s crime investigations coordinator in Erongo, deputy commissioner Erastus Iikuyu, the woman allegedly gave birth to a baby boy, wrapped him in a white plastic bag and dumped him in a pit latrine.

“The body of the deceased baby, which is estimated to be at eight months [gestation] was retrieved from the pit latrine. The Swakopmund municipal fire brigade assisted with this and took the body to the Walvis Bay police morgue to conduct a post-mortem,” Iikuyu said.

The suspect will appear at Swakopmund magistrate’s court once discharged from hospital.

The police also requests the public’s assistance in tracing Shannon Kandari (21), who went missing in Swakopmund recently. According to Iikuyu, Kandari allegedly left her place of residence in Tutaleni last Friday at about 16:00, and has not returned.

“The last area where her cell phone (081 427 0652) was active, was traced to Swakopmund in the vicinity of Mile 4,” Iikuyu said.

He urged anyone with information regarding her whereabouts to contact Detective Warrant Officer Freddie Amamub at 081 763 8188 or her mother, Sarie Annetjie Wasserfall, at 081 738 2735 or the nearest police station.