Elliot Jinjika in Chivhu
11 Feb 2017 - CHIVHU - A 19-year-old woman from Nhede village in Nharira under Chief Musarurwa has reportedly managed to get away unpunished after she allegedly dumped her newly-born baby in a Blair toilet in August last year.
It is said Memory Charungwa delivered the baby at home and by herself during the night but threw the baby into the toilet soon after giving birth.
When contacted for comment, Charungwa said she was told by the police that the case was closed and was advised to take good care of the baby.
She also said the father of the baby was not contributing anything to the upkeep of the child.
"He last gave me something long back and has not been contributing to the upkeep of the child ever since," said Charungwa.
Charungwa, who lives at her stepfather's homestead in Nhende village, was impregnated allegedly by a married man she identified as Robson Madondo.
After being thrown into the toilet, the baby miraculously survived into the morning and was discovered by a family member identified only as Marian who had visited the toilet.
Upon entering the toilet, it is said Marian heard the child crying and she rushed back to the house to call others.
Other villagers were then called and the baby was rescued from the teeming toilet.
Nhende Village Head, Vengai Wilfred Chikanya confirmed the incident and said Charungwa could have decided to dump the baby out of stress and confusion.
"We managed to rescue the baby because the toilet was nearly full so it was not a big problem.
"I think the girl was stressed and confused thinking about how she would take care of the baby's needs…she was impregnated by Madondo. We did report her to Nharira Police Station where she was referred to Chivhu.
"I'm not sure what happened in Chivhu but I heard that the government took over the case and she was forgiven and told not to commit a similar offence," said Chikanya.local