Woman In Court For Burying New-born Baby Alive
A maid named Mellisa Matafi is in court after she allegedly buried her newborn baby in the garden where she worked in Mt Pleasant, a suburb of Harare. The baby, a girl, was alive when she was put in the ground, but thankfully she was rescued by a security guard who noticed blood stains on the pavement and suspicious behaviour from Matafi.
The shocking case of attempted infanticide has since been heard in the Harare Magistrates’ Court, where Matafi was found guilty and remanded out of custody until May 9, pending a medical report from a hospital, H-metro reports.
According to prosecution, Matafi had been pregnant out of wedlock and decided to hide her pregnancy from her employer, Hildaberta Rwambiwa, and her family. Matafi allegedly gave birth to the baby alone in her room on the night of February 8 and then took her outside to bury her in the garden the next morning.
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Last Mafuwa, a security guard at the same house, became suspicious when he saw Matafi coming from the garden holding a hoe. He alerted Rwambiwa, who questioned Matafi about the blood stains and the object in the garden. When Matafi claimed that she was disposing of blood clots due to heavy flows, Rwambiwa asked her to remove the soil with her hands, and the baby was found alive.
Rwambiwa then took the baby to Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals, where she received medical attention, and reported the matter to the police. Matafi was arrested and charged with attempted infanticide.
The case has attracted widespread attention and condemnation, with many people expressing shock and horror at the thought of a newborn baby being buried alive.