A Magistrate Court in Mangochi has sentenced a 23 year old woman to 5 years Imprisonment with hard labor for concealing birth of a child.

The woman identified as  Sausedye Saizi was arrested early this year after she dumped her newly born baby into a pit latrine.

The incident happened on Wednesday night, March 10, 2021 at Bwanali Village in the area of Traditional Authority Chowe in the district.

According to Mangochi Poice Spokesperson Amina Tepani daudi, the mother of the culprit, her daughter was nine months pregnant, but denied all along to disclose the person responsible for the pregnancy and on the said date, she was surprised after noticing changes on her daughter, showing signs that she just delivered.

She said, after being seriously interrogated, it was discovered that she delivered on herself a bouncing baby girl and dumped her in the pit latrine a few meters away from her house.

“We, rushed to the scene and hooked the toddler from the pit-latrine, unfortunately she didn’t survive,” explained Tepani Daudi, who said postmortem conducted at Mangochi district hospital has indicated suffocation as the cause of death.

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