Thief digs up baby’s grave in order to steal clothes from inside the coffinBy Mason White 11:38 AM August 28, 2013
|Bianca Moilwa, and Amanda Moilwa at the gravesite|
By: Debbi Gross
A family was devastated to learn that someone had dug up their baby’s grave and stole her clothing.
Just three weeks after burying six-day-old Keketso Moilwa, her grave was found open and her clothes had been stolen.
The baby diaper of Keketso Moilwa had been placed on top of the little white coffin. A rusty metal plate, which is believed to have been used to dig up the grave, was found next to the coffin.
The gruesome discovery was made by a municipal worker in the West End Cemetery in Kimberley, South Africa, on Tuesday morning. The worker informed his supervisor of the incident.
Shocked workers did not want to open the coffin, to see if the body was still inside. Instead, they waited for police to arrive.
Police found that while the body was still there, the baby’s clothes were missing.
Horrified family members, who had been informed of the discovery, gathered at the scene. They showed police pictures of baby Keketso Moilwa and how the baby was dressed in a white three-piece before she was placed in her final resting place.
A Keipoletse Funeral Home representative also confirmed that the body was fully clothed when she was buried.
Family members demanded that the baby’s remains be sent for analysis to determine if the body had been tampered with in any way.
The baby’s mother, Bianca Moilwa, 20, who was accompanied by her mother, Amanda Moilwa, were stunned by the desecration of the baby’s grave.
“Who could have done such a despicable and inhuman act and why steal my daughter’s clothes?” Bianca said.
“By the time I was coming to terms with my baby’s death and trying to heal, this horrible act has happened,” she added.
The baby was born prematurely at 31 weeks, weighing only 2.8 pounds. After she was born, Keketso Moilwa was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit for six days before she died.