A woman has been arrested for attempted murder and concealment of birth, after a newborn baby was found among bushes in KwaSithebe, KwaZulu-Natal, on Sunday…
According to IPSS Medical Rescue, the newborn baby was found lying next to a river in dense bushes.
“The newborn was still attached to the placenta uncovered and severely hypothermic,” IPSS medical rescue spokesperson Paul Herbst said.
The baby was stabilised on the scene and transported to a nearby clinic.
Inyoni police were able to track down the mother of the baby after Sithebe residents suspected that there was a mother who was pregnant and believed to have given birth recently.
Police spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbhele said that they had interrogated the woman, but that she had denied that she had just had a baby.
The police then took her to Sundumbili clinic where they confirmed that she had just given birth a few hours ago.
“A case of attempted murder, as well as concealment of birth was opened and the 27-year-old suspect was arrested,” said Mbhele.
It is still unclear when she will be making her first court appearance.