April 17, 2015
A mother of seven is in Police custody at Ulongwe Police Unit in Balaka district for allegedly concealing birth of a child.
Balaka police public spokesperson sub Inspector Joseph Sauka said the suspect Daliya Alick 32 gave birth to a baby boy on 14th April, 2014 and then dumped the baby in a pit latrine.
After the incident, the suspect continued staying as if nothing has happened but members of the community suspected foul play after seeing her not pregnant and with no baby.
“The community tipped us and we arrested the suspect. The suspect confessed to have dumped the baby into a pit latrine a development that forced us to demolish the pit latrine; but the baby was found already dead,” said Sub inspector Sauka.
The suspect said she has seven children that she is failing to take care of and could not manage to take care of the child alone because the father denied responsibility.
Meanwhile, the suspect is in Police custody and is expected to appear before court soon where she will answer a case of concealing death which is contrary to section 232 of the Penal code.
Daliya Alick comes from Mdenga village, Traditional Authority Amidu in the same district of Balaka.
In a related development, a year old child has died in Balaka district after he drowned in a bucket of water.
According to the mother of the deceased Chrissy Tambula 25, the child met his fate when he was left alone at home after she went to answer a call of nature.
When the mother returned, she was surprised to see her 1year old son in a half full bucket of water already dead.
Postmortem conducted at Balaka District Hospital revealed that death was due to suffocation.
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