The Mashile family was happy when their daughter gave birth to Rethabile four months ago. However, the excitement recently ended in tears when the family discovered that the mum had kept the baby’s decomposing body in her room in Buffelshoek Village near Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga.
A shocked family member explained that their grandmother kept asking about the baby’s whereabouts, but the mum lied, saying that the baby was sleeping.
“Her room was always locked, and no one was allowed inside. We became worried when we didn’t see her with the child. We don’t know what led our sister to keep such a secret. It hurts. Our granny isn’t coping after this shocking with the incident,” said the family member.
Mpumalanga police spokesperson, Colonel Donald Mdhluli said the police received a tipoff from concerned residents, informing them of an unusual smell coming from a certain house.
“The police arrived and a woman opened the house, they discovered the body of a four-month-old baby. The medical personnel were also notified. The baby was certified dead at the scene. An inquest docket has been opened and no one has been arrested yet. Circumstances surrounding the child’s death forms part of the investigation,” said Mdhuli.