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One week old baby dumped in Mchinji, another one discovered dead in bush

Written by  Macdonald Ziba
Mchinji police spokesperson-Kaitano Mchinji police spokesperson-Kaitano Pic sourced from internet

Mchinji, December 07, 2018: Police in Mchinji have launched a manhunt for an unidentified woman who dumped her one-week old baby in a bathroom in Mgubo Village in the area of Traditional Authority (TA) Zulu in the district.

Mchinji Police spokesperson, Kaitano Lubrino said the baby was discovered by 42 year old Ethel Zayambika on Wednesday morning in her makeshift bathroom.

“Zayambika heard a baby crying in her bathroom and when she went to find out, she was astonished to see a baby wrapped up in clothes,” Lubrino said.

He said police suspect that the unidentified woman dumped the baby during the night.  

Meanwhile, the infant is under medical care at Mchinji District Hospital where its condition is being monitored while investigations to trace the mother are underway.

In a related development, Mchinji Police have also launched investigations to arrest an unknown person who killed a one-day old baby and dumped its remains in the bush.

Kaitano said the dead baby was found in Chapanama Hills by women fetching firewood on Wednesday.

“The women were stunned to discover something wrapped in a cloth and when they looked closely, they discovered it was a baby lying dead,” he explained.

An autopsy conducted at the district hospital confirmed that the death was due to strangulation, according to Kaitano.

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