A Mitchells Plain woman is set to appear in court on Tuesday after allegedly killing a newborn boy
Tuesday, 19 September 2017, 08:29
NATIONAL NEWS - The baby was found under a mattress at a home in Jukskei Street, Beacon Valley, Western Cape police spokesperson FC van Wyk said on Monday.
He said the baby was brought to a hospital for medical treatment on Sunday evening.
A post-mortem was still needed to determine the cause of death.
Police confirmed the arrest of a woman in her thirties, but would not say whether it was the mother.
The Western Cape Department of Social Development said it would assist the police with the investigation of a neonaticide, which is defined as the deliberate act of a parent murdering their own child during the first 24 hours of life.
“The mother allegedly choked her newborn son to death and hid him under a mattress,” said Sihle Ngobese, the spokesperson for Social Development MEC Albert Fritz.
Social workers from the Mitchells Plain local office had intervened to protect the arrested woman’s four children.