Malawi Police arrest mother for ‘ baby-dumping’

Mothers are generally caring people but emphatically not for Estere Steven, a 28-year-old Salima woman.

After bearing four children, Estere might have experienced a lot of hardships along the way and thought she needed no more but she followed a wicked way.

After struggling with a pregnancy for nine months Estere gave birth to a baby boy last Friday but apparently decided to prematurely end the life of the young one by throwing it in a bush.

What she did was a crime and police, upon getting the news, apprehended her . Police charged her with an offence of concealing birth of a child.

Abandoned baby

Salima Police Spokesperson, Gift Chitowe, said the mother of four other children from Kanchopolo village, TA Kambwiri in the district was arrested on August 24 this year after a chief from her village reported the matter.

The police publicist explained that the lady had fallen in love with a man who impregnated her but later refused responsibility.

“When it was time for delivery, she went into a nearby bush where she delivered the baby and dumped it there,” he said.

The unlucky baby was reportedly discovered the following morning by some women who were fetching firewood and is safe.

“They reported the matter to their village head who in turn reported to us. We followed up the issue and arrested Estere as the suspect,” Chitowe said.

Cases of dumping newly born babies are mostly common among teenage girls who think they still have more time to have fun than probably nursing a kid.

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