Mother Faces Charges for Burying Two Babies in Shallow Grave

BY: LETHABO MATHOLE

The remains of the two babies, a boy and a girl, were exhumed and taken to the government mortuary.

Upon giving birth, the 32-year-old woman, allegedly with assistance from her 51-year-old mother, buried the stillborn baby in a shallow grave in their yard.A mother in Hammanskraal is facing charges after allegedly burying two of her babies in a shallow grave at home.

Police are still investigating a case of concealment of birth after two babies were found buried in a shallow grave at a house in the area.After being notified by community members, that a woman had given birth at home and had not registered her babies with the Department of Home Affairs.

Gauteng police spokesperson, Brenda Muridili said preliminary investigation revealed that the 32-year-old woman gave birth to triplets.“It is reported that one of the babies was stillborn while the other one died after two days. Upon giving birth, the 32-year-old woman, allegedly with assistance from her 51-year-old mother, buried the newborn baby in a shallow grave, in their yard,” said said.

Two days later, the second baby died, and he was also buried in a shallow grave. Muridili added: “The remains of the two babies (a boy and a girl) were exhumed and taken to the government mortuary.”

A resident from Hammanskraal, Thabo Ngwenya, said they heard about the birth of the babies, and they later went to the woman’s home in an attempt to check up on her. He said after a few days they heard that two babies died and were buried outside the woman’s house.

The woman and her remaining baby were rushed to a nearby hospital to medical attention. The 51-year-old woman faces charges of concealment of birth and defeating the ends of justice.The police said a postmortem examination will be conducted to determine the cause of the two babies’ deaths.

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