Police in Lusaka have arrested and detained Ruth Chisanga of Sililo village of Chibombo District for burying her hours-old baby.
Chisanga has been charged with the offence of Child Destruction.Police Spokesperson Esther Katongo said the incident happened on Wednesday around 04:00 hours.
“It is alleged that on 4th August, 2021 at around 04:00 hours, the suspect Ruth Chisanga gave birth to a baby boy and buried it in a shallow grave. The baby was discovered at about 08:00 hours by the uncle of the suspect who, on his way to his garden, heard a cry of a baby from the bush. Upon checking, he discovered that the baby had been buried. He then called neighbors who helped him remove the baby from the shallow grave and took it to the nearby Kabangalala clinic where the baby was given first aid,” Katongo said.
She said the baby is currently admitted to UTH while the mother was examined and discharged and is in police custody.