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Zimbabwean woman tramples her new-born baby to death, buries the body

A FORT Rixon woman has appeared in court charged with infanticide after allegedly stamping her newly-born baby to death and burying the body in a shallow grave.

Sharai Moyo, 25, of Mpalawani village in Fort Rixon, some 77 kilometres north-east of Bulawayo, was last week remanded in custody to October 16 when she appeared before Bulawayo magistrate Gladmore Mushove.

The court heard that Moyo gave birth to a baby boy at midday on October 4 and decided to kill the infant.Prosecutor Concilia Ncube said Moyo, who was pregnant, developed labour pains at about mid-day while at her homestead.

She then went to a bush some 100 metres away from her home where she gave birth to a baby boy.

Soon after delivering, Moyo trampled the baby to death before digging a shallow grave and burying the infant.

However, about four hours later on the same day a neighbour became suspicious and confronted Moyo who admitted killing the baby.

A report was made to the police leading to her arrest.

The body was exhumed and taken to the United Bulawayo Hospitals for a post-mortem.

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