Baby born from infidelity found alive after being buried by her mother


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By: Hydar Tomar

A mother was arrested after burying her baby alive while trying to hide her infidelity.

The woman of Masvingo, Zimbabwe, became pregnant while her husband was working in South Africa.

She tried to hide her alleged adultery to save her marriage, burying her three-day-old daughter alive.

The baby was found alive and was rushed to a hospital, where she after five days. Grace Chikwati, 30, of the Mushandike village, appeared before judge Langton Ndokora, to faces a charge of infanticide.

Prosecutor Fidelis Nyamukondiwa said that Chikwati gave birth in her home to a healthy girl. She tried to hide her adultery by burying the child at a river bank.

However, Chikwati’s cousin became suspicious when they saw Chikwati was no longer pregnant and did not have a newborn baby. The woman went to two village elders who questioned the mother.

Chikwati reportedly lied and said that the baby had died shortly after birth and was buried in peace. The court heard that the three pressed the mother, saying that they wanted to bury the baby in accordance with their tradition and insisted that she lead them to the grave.

To their horror, they found the girl still alive after three days in a shallow grave. They took the baby to Masvingo General Hospital where she died five days later. They reported the case to the police, leading to the arrest of Chikwati.

Chikwati told the court that she committed the crime to save her marriage as her husband was about to return from South Africa.

The man who had impregnated her, went into hiding. Chikwati is now facing murder and child cruelty charges.