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Pre-school teacher in court for attempted infanticide

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CHARGED: Amos

An Okavango International pre-school teacher who allegedly dumped her newborn baby into a toilet was last week brought before a Maun Magistrates Court charged with attempted murder.

Upon arrest, 37-year-old Thulaganyo Amos of Thito Ward had allegedly denied any knowledge of the baby that was retrieved from the pit-latrine after passersby heard the newborn’s desperate cries.

It was only after DNA tests came out positive that Amos admitted that the baby was hers.

She pleaded with the court to grant her bail as she claimed that she has other children to take care of.

The prosecution however opposed the bail application on grounds that the investigations were still ongoing.

They further told the court that the baby who was fit as a fiddle at Letsholathebe Memorial Hospital was due to be handed back to her mother after assessment and that further evidence and recommendations would be presented before court by a social worker.

When denying the accused bail, Magistrate Mmoloki Sibanda reminded her about the seriousness of the offence. “You are going to have to apply for your liberty at the high court because looking at the circumstances surrounding this case it is difficult to agree for bail,” he said.

The accused is expected to appear for mention on February 27th when a social worker will make recommendations on the custody of the baby.