Woman dumps baby in bush

A CHINAMORA widow reportedly dumped a newly-born baby in a mine shaft after falling pregnant just after her husband had passed on.

Precious Chitunhu, 31, was released on free bail when she appeared before Harare magistrate Rumbidzai Mugwagwa.

She was remanded to February 28 for trial.

Chitunhu is being charged with contravening section 106 of the Crimial Law (Codification and Reform) Act for concealing the birth of a child.

The complainant is Promise Nyakudya, 39, of Guwa Village chief Chinamora’s area, a brother to Chitunhu’s late husband.

Prosecutor Audrey Chogumaira alleged that on December 11 last year around 7am, Nyakudya was in the bush near Chitunhu’s homestead looking for fruits.

The court heard that Nyakudya smelled a bad stench coming from a nearby mine.

It was alleged that Nyakudya got into to the mine shaft and looked inside and saw flies.

When Nyakudya got closer he realised that the flies were feeding on the body of a newly-born baby.

The court heard that Nyakudya then proceeded to the field where Chitunha was weeding and noticed that she was no longer pregnant.

Nyakudya became suspicious and went to his father’s homestead and informed him about the issue before communicating with the village head.

The village head proceeded to file a police report, leading to Chitunha’s arrest.—Tarisai Machakaire

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