A Zimbabwean woman has been charged with infanticide after she allegedly killed her child by drowning her in a 20-litre bucket of boiling water, the Chronicle reports.
Wendy Tapiwa Chipo, from Rietfonten in Pretoria in South Africa, has already appeared at the Brits Magistrates’ Court facing murder charges and she has remanded in custody to 14 May 2021 pending further investigations.
According to the National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson for Northern Gauteng Ms Lumka Mahanjana, Chipo first tried to abort her baby and failed before killing her with the help of her friend:
It is alleged that Wendy tried to abort her baby, when that failed and the baby came out alive, she dipped her in a 20-litre bucket of boiling water
Together with her friend, they went to bury the baby at a bush near where she stays in Sunnyway Village in Rietfontein.
She asked the friend not to tell anyone about what she had done.
The friend who could not keep the secret reported the matter to the police leading to Chipo’s arrest. A similar incident occurred last year in Mutare when a local woman drowned her baby in hot water by giving birth in a bucket of hot water for unknown reasons.