Villagers at Mtwalo Headquarters in Mzimba District on Wednesday morning pulled out a six day old baby girl from a pit latrine, whom she had born out of wedlock when the woman’s husband was in South Africa for greener pastures.
According to Police, a young boy who went into the toilet to answer a call of nature was puzzled to hear a baby’s cry from the toilet.
“He then rushed to report the matter to Village Elders who immediately mobilized and demolished the Latrine to bring the baby to safety,” Mzuzu Police Station Public Relations Officer Sergeant Maurice Chapola said.
The baby is now received treatment at Mzuzu Central Hospital, while the mother is in Police custody charged with attempting Infanticide contrary to section 401 of the Penal Code.
Men in Mzimba district usually trek to South Africa for greener pastures where they end up doing menial jobs leaving their wives for long periods at a stretch.
Sergeant Chapola confirmed the development and the arrest of 21 year old Zindawa Chirwa of Chambayiwa Village, Traditional Authority Mmbelwa in Mzimba District.
According to Chapola Chirwa was officially married to 24 year old Kondwani Jere.
“But following a prolonged absence of her husband who had travelled to South Africa, the suspect started a relationship her in-law who eventually impregnated her,” the Police Publicist said.
He said when her Husband returned, family members told him of the ordeal and they went on a separation, prompting the suspect to seek refuge at her parents’ home.