Police in Francistown are investigating a case in which a 23-year-old woman allegedly choked her newborn baby to death soon after giving birth last Thursday.
Acting Kutlwano Police Station Commander Assistant Superintendent Lawrence Moloi confirmed that the police are investigating the matter but was quick to point out that investigations are still ongoing.
Moloi said Mosetsana Foreman of Block II in Francistown who hails from the border village of Jackalas 2 in the northeastern part of the country is currently helping the police with their investigations.
He said Foreman appeared before Francistown magistrate Sijabuliso Siziba on Wednesday morning facing a single count of murder.
Moloi said the police have still to establish exactly what caused the baby’s death.
“We are still waiting for the post-mortem.
It is the pathology report that will advise the police on what could have caused the death of the baby,” said Moloi, adding that the suspect was not asked to plead to the charges being levelled against her.
The post-mortem was expected to be conducted yesterday (Thursday) at Nyangabwe Referral Hospital.
However, sources close to the incident have hinted that the 23-year-old mother allegedly killed her baby.
According to these sources, on the day in question Foreman allegedly spread a pair of jeans on the floor when she started suffering from labour pains.
She then lay on her back and delivered the baby herself, sources said.
Since she was alone, it is alleged, Foreman was not able to properly cut the umbilical cord. After delivering the baby, she is alleged to have then strangled it.
Meanwhile, Foreman has been granted unconditional bail.
Prosecutor Ronny Mmuso did not object to the accused being granted bail.
Mmuso told the court that the accused had pleaded with the police not to detain her, to be given time to mourn and bury her child.
The accused is expected to appear in court again on June 19th 2014.