Corpse of infant found in drain

National, Normal

The National – Monday, January 3, 2011


A NEWBORN baby was dumped and left rotting in a drain at Hohola in the National Capital District over the New Year weekend.

The body was left for more than a day, as ants and flies had already feasted on parts of it when it was found last Friday.

A motorist discovered the body when he went to relieve himself in a drain at Hohola Four, near Borderline Tank Compound.

A police patrol unit doing routine Christmas and New Year check was at the scene when The National arrived, and a Const Tonny Leo said the mother, when caught would be held responsible for infanticide.

Const Leo said the criminal investigation division would carry out investigations to arrest and charge the mother.

The baby was seen to be of fair complexion with curly hair but its identity and gender could not be confirmed as it had partly decayed and was half buried in the sand that was washed down by rain water.

The surrounding community gathered at the scene while mothers and elderly women openly condemned the cruelty to the innocent human life.  

Paul Pai Palex, from Tambul in Western Highlands, who discovered the body expressed disgust in the infanticide and urged the police to investigate and arrest the mother.

Palex said such incidents were often deeds of young girls and unmarried women.

“The person who did this should be ashamed and guilty for taking an innocent life which was her own flesh and blood; someone who would have had a future,” he said.