OSHAKATI: A woman accused of dumping her newborn baby boy in a pit latrine at Omulafitu village in the Oshana Region made a brief first appearance in the Oshakati Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.
The 27-year-old Severia Iitheto appeared before Magistrate Alpha Haihambo on a charge of attempted murder. The court postponed her case to 21 November this year in order for her to obtain legal representation.
Iitheto, who is now a mother of three children, remains in police custody until her next court appearance.
She allegedly threw her baby into a neighbour’s pit latrine some time between Monday night and Tuesday night, immediately after giving birth at home.
The baby was discovered by someone who wanted to use the pit latrine on Tuesday morning after he started crying.
Sergeant Thomas Aiyambo of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Public Relations Unit in the Oshana Region told Nampa on Tuesday that the police were informed of the incident at around 08h45 on Tuesday morning, and dispatched an investigating team to the scene immediately.
The police team managed to rescue the baby after a struggle of about an hour, and he was rushed to the Oshakati Intermediate Hospital. The baby boy was found to be in a healthy condition, and weighed 2.8 kilogrammes.
Staff at the hospital however pointed out that the baby remains at risk of infection as he was left in unhygienic surroundings.
The police arrested Iitheto at Omulafitu on Tuesday.
Prosecutor Johanna Kefas appeared for the State, while Iitheto was yet to obtain the services of a Government-sponsored defence lawyer.