Walvis Bay woman allegedly slits newborn baby’s throat

Walvis Bay woman allegedly slits newborn baby’s throat

A 29-year-old woman has been arrested for allegedly slitting her newborn baby’s throat at her residence in Walvis Bay on Thursday.
A crime report, issued on Thursday by the Namibian Police's Erongo Region crime investigations coordinator, Deputy Commissioner Erastus Iikuyu, alleged that the suspect gave birth to the baby boy in the toilet at the residence she is renting in Tutaleni.
“She cut his throat open with an unknown object before wrapping the body in a black plastic bag and hiding it under her bed,” the report said.
The incident reportedly took place around 16h00.
The owner of the house discovered a pool of fresh blood in the toilet and alerted the police.
The suspect has been arrested and is currently hospitalised and put under police guard at the Walvis Bay State Hospital.
She is expected to make her first court appearance as soon as she is fit to do so, while investigations by the gender-based violence Protection Unit continue.
In an unrelated incident, the body of a man who has been missing was discovered in the area of Dam 5 at Uis on Thursday.
It is alleged that the man was employed as a cattle herder on a farm in the Uis area.
“He was confirmed to have gotten a lift from the farm to Uis town last Friday (14 February) where he was dropped off,” the report said.
One of the residents at Dam 5 reported him missing to the police on Thursday, who embarked on the search which discovered his body in a field around 16h00.
No injuries were observed on the body and no foul play is suspected so far.
The deceased’s date of birth is unknown as no one seems to have any of his documents. He is however estimated to be around 40 years old and is believed to be from the San community in the Okakarara area in the Otjozondjupa Region.
His next of kin have not yet been traced.
“The deceased’s employer works at Swakopmund but at this stage, we still do not have his name or contact details,” Iikuyu said.
Police investigations continue.