Malawi Police arrest woman for killing her newly born baby

Police in the eastern district of Machinga are keeping in custody 35-year-old woman Lukia Kaliati on suspicion that she committed an offence of infanticide.

Eastern Region assistant public relations officer (PRO) Constable Otilia Kamanga said in an interview on Tuesday the incident happened on 16th November 2013 at around 4am when Detective Sub-Inspector Kamkwamba of Ntaja Police received a report that a newly-born baby has been found dead and abandoned by unidentified person along a certain earth road within Dauda Village, Senior Chief Liwonde in the district.

“Police together with medical personnel from Ntaja Health Centre rushed to the scene and found the dead body lying on the ground with one leg eaten away by a wild animal. After investigations it transpired that the suspect (Lukia) had been pregnant and seemed to have delivered recently. However, the whereabouts of the baby were not known after delivery,” said Constable Kamanga. infanticide_360

The assistant police PRO claimed that the suspect admitted to have delivered a baby boy who died and was disposed of along Dauda Village graveyard without informing anyone.

After examinations by the medical personnel it was revealed that the suspect had recently delivered and the dead body of the baby had slight cut on the skull.

The suspect is expected in court soon to answer alleged charges of infanticide.

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