Malawi Police arrest mom for killing newborn: Stolen baby found safe

Police in the capital Lilongwe on Tuesday arrested a 21 year old woman suspected of concealing birth of her baby which she killed by cutting the infants’s neck with a razor blade.

Lilongwe Model Police Station spokesman, Ramsey Mushani, identified the woman as Chinsinsi Nansongole, a form three student at Likuni open Secondary school.

“She gave birth on her own in Chinsapo Township where she was staying with her brother. The neighbors heard the sound of a newly born baby and after searching her bathroom, they found the baby bleeding from the neck,” said Mushani.

“Both were taken to Bwaila Hospital in the capital city where death was confirmed by doctors. She is suspected to have killed the baby by cutting her neck with a razor blade. The baby died due to loss of blood,” said the police spokesman.

Happy mom after baby Upile is found safe: Briget Taumbe

Mushani said the woman told police that she decided to kill the baby because she wanted to continue with her studies.

Chinsinsi Nansongole, who hails from Katundu village, Traditional Authority Chimaliro in Thyolo district, will face a charge of infanticide which is contrary to section 230 of the penal code with a penalty of death or life imprisonment.

Stolen baby found

Upile, the baby who was stolen from her mother Bridget Taumbe, 20 at Zingwangwa Health Centre on January 4, 2013   has been found safe, police has confirmed.

Taumbe went to the clinic for post-natal check-up where a woman who passed off as a Good Samaritan stole the baby, sparking a nationwide alert.

Blantyre Police spokesperson Yona Thembachako said they arrested a woman who stole the baby and her husband at Gaisi area in Mbayani Township in Blantyre after being tipped by neighbours.

The couple identified as Edward and Nancy Lamulani claimed the baby was theirs.

Thembachako said the woman has been telling her husband that she was expectant and claimed she gave birth when the husband was at work.

“She said she gave birth on January 2, 2013, but there’s no sign of a recent birth,” he added.

On Tuesday a medical examinations at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) proved the suspected woman had not conceived a child and had not been pregnant.

The baby has been given back to the biological parents.

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