The grave of a newborn found dumped in a graveyard last week in an Ekwendeni graveyard has been tampered with, Malawi Police have confirmed.
The baby, christened Grace by Ekwendeni Mission Hospital medical staff, was buried at the same graveyard where she was found lying in the cold on Monday last week. She died three days later after red ants severely bit her ears and private parts.
Mzuzu Police spokesperson Martin Bwanali said in an interview that baby’s grave was really tampered with but the body was not exhumed.
“It is really true that some people who went to the graveyard for other separate services were surprised to see the grave of baby Grace, who had just been buried the previous day, tampered with.
“As Police, we went there to establish the truth and upon arrival, we really found that the grave was tampered with but the body of the baby was not exhumed,” Bwanali said.
In the recent past, some people in the country have been arrested and convicted for exhuming dead bodies which some sections believe are used for charms.
According to the police publicist, baby Grace was discovered by children who were playing near a graveyard at Ekwendeni in Mzimba and police handed it to the mission hospital.
Ekwendeni Mission Hospital principal nursing officer Esther Kawelama said the baby was “severely bitten” by red ants in her ears and private parts.
Kawelama said cases of baby dumping are common in the area saying she has so far seen three dumped babies in the past three years.
Baby Grace, who was discovered by children who were playing near a graveyard at Ekwendeni in Mzimba, was accorded decent burial by the mission hospital’s staff at the same graveyard she was dumped on Friday, August 25, 2017.
Meanwhile, police say no one has been arrested in connection with the incident but have appealed to people who have any information that can lead to the arrest of the culprits to contact any nearest police formation.
The police publicist and nurse asked the public to be closely monitoring pregnant women.