Malawi Police arrest Western Union employee for dumping baby in pit toilet

A 24-year-old woman, Gladys Phiri, is currently in police custody for allegedly dumping her new born baby boy in a pit latrine in Chilomoni Township, Blantyre.

Phiri an employee of Western Union gave birth to the baby in the wee hours of September 18th, 2015 and allegedly dumped it in the toilet to conceal birth following months of disguising the pregnancy.

The baby, according to police, was discovered by the suspect’s neighbours and was quickly rushed to Mitsidi Health Clinic where the baby was pronounced dead.

Phiri was arrested following a medical examination, and has since been charged with Infanticide contrary to Section 230 of the Penal Code.

“The baby according to medical report died of suffocation. We arrested the suspect on Saturday 19th September and she is currently in custody,” said Blantyre police Public Relations Officer, Elizabeth Divala.

The suspect had gone into labor in her home in Sigelege in Chilomoni Townships on September 18th and instead of calling for help; she single handedly prised the 2kgs baby from her body before dumping it into the toilet.

And according to family relations, Phiri went to great lengths to hide the pregnancy and was forced to dump the baby to conceal birth after her boyfriend denied responsibility.

“Her boyfriend had denied being responsible for the pregnancy. And what made the situation complicated is the fact that apart from the boyfriend, she was also going out with her boss,” one of the relations confided in Nyasa Times.

“She tried all she could to hide her pregnancy by the fear that her relationship with her father would change if he found out the truth”.

Phiri hails from Anderson village in Traditional Authority (T/A) Kuntaja in Blantyre.

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Izi ndiye zanyanya ngati chigololo cha pa Parliament..Abambo akulera ana asali awo.Hehedeeeeee!


Uhule wamusowesa mtengo wogwira ndiye uhule ndi chimo,kupha mwanaso ndi chimo.


@30 nyasatemes is simply giving us the particulars of a criminal by giving her name, working place and home location.Nothing iis wrong man.Why you not the people of his hometown ,


Please Nyasa times,,, try to put proper heading to your articles.

What is the difference between Phiri and Western Union?
The issue has nothing to do with western union,,,, and yet you are implicating it.
It is quite unfair.
You went to school and taught everything,,,therefore, doing this does not put good picture to your academic backgrounds.
Improve please…..

Maximum Prison

Nachisale read between the lines! The relative says this bitch was also sleeping with her boss so who is the father of the baby? A lot are happening in the offices. Female employees are flirting with their bosses to get pay hike or promotions. Others just flirt for money. So can not fault the man he denied responsibility!


Iwe Nachisale osamuikila kumbuyo hule uyu. It’s difficult to be sure who the father is as atsikanawa ndi mahule. Koma mpaka nyerezo mpaka plain when you are not married? Ku Malawi makondomu otchipa chonchiwa mpaka boilo edzi yonseyi?

Without sounding like I am condomning this evil act, I would like to know if this new mom would have resorted to this gruesome deed had the man responsible for the pregnancy played his role of a father? Naturally no woman has a child in her body. And it’s normally a man who approaches a woman to engage into sexual intercorse, but the same man has balls enough to neglect the woman who is carrying his baby. How did dare he continued to sleep with a woman whom he accused of having an affair with somebody else. This is plain… Read more »

Iwe dadaboma ndiwe galu kwabasi.. What has baby dumping have to do with the Lhomwe’s? Sukuona the name of the whore who has dumped the baby is from the north, a stupid Tumbuka… Mukumachoka Ku north kwanuko kuzagawa zimatenda zanuzo kuno. Atumbuka muli ndi vuto kwambiri, kukonda kuchindisa kwa ma bwana for favors ndizimenezitu mxiiu


Personally, dumping the baby coz the father denied the responsibility isn’t tangible reason at all cost..Inenso madala anandikana only to pop up later nditakula. In fact, pregnancy is not an accident as some thinks but a product of ones all starts with sex then that “belly” & i wonder how these ladies nurture the pregnancy from the day of realisation up to 9th month only to dump the fruit in the toilet, this is ridicurous 4 sure. If u hate kids then stop opening your legs open. zaziiiiiiiiii

Happy Eduardo

Is Phiri a Lhomwe name? Search me. The name sounds Chewa, Tonga or even Ngoni of Mzimba.

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