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Evander Magistrate’s Court postpones ‘dumped baby’ case

The woman faces charges of attempted murder after dumping her newborn baby in a drain.

The 25-year-old mother who dumped her newborn baby girl in a drain in an open field near Gert Sibande College on April 4 reappeared in the Evander Magistrate’s Court on June 26.

She was arrested on April 8 for attempted murder. She allegedly gave birth to the baby in the early hours of April 4 and went to Evander Hospital for a check-up after she allegedly dumped the baby in the drain.

A pedestrian on his way to work at 06:30 on April 4 heard the baby cry and contacted the police.

The hospital admitted the mother for heavy bleeding, and the hospital staff realised she was the mother the police were looking for.

The mother allegedly lied to them when she arrived at the hospital and said she had heavy bleeding, but they thought she had had a miscarriage.

She allegedly only later told hospital staff, when they interrogated her, that she did not realise she was pregnant or giving birth. She panicked when she saw the baby arrive and decided to throw her into the drain.

The case was postponed to August 2.

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