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Namibia: Police save newborn dumped in pit latrine

Wednesday, September 19, 2012    

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WINDHOEK, Namibia (AP) — Police say they saved a newborn from a pit latrine in a Namibian village, days after a local charity said 40 fetuses and infants are left to die each month.

Police spokesman Thomas Aiyambo said yesterday they arrested a mother of three other children in her 30s for the crime.

A nearby hospital said the baby boy weighs 2.8 kilogrammes (six pounds) and appears healthy amid fears he could develop an infection.

Aiyambo said the baby was dumped in a neighbour's latrine and discovered yesterday morning.

Women in Action Development reported this week that 40 fetuses and newborns are dumped each month in Windhoek, Namibia's capital of just 350,000. The development agency blamed violence against women. Abortion is illegal in Namibia unless the life of the mother is threatened.

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