Woman (18) arrested after lifeless baby found in pit toilet


Portia Lucia Wessie (18) has made a brief appearance in Odendaalsrus Magistrates Court after the discovery of a lifeless body of a baby was found in a pit toilet.

Police state that on Thursday 11 July 2019 at about 09:45 a thirteen year old girl discovered a body of a baby in an outside pit toilet in K10, Kutlwanong, Odendaalsrus and reported what she had seen to her mother. The police were then called by one of the elders in the area. When they arrived they found the body of a lifeless baby in the outside pit toilet.

A team of Odendaalsrus Detective Services led by Captain Jonathan Human, Warrant Officer Maria De Wet and Constable Lala Kgosing initiated a thorough investigation which led to the arrest of a school girl (18), who was later charged with concealment of birth.

Wessie appeared in court on Friday, 12 July 2019 and was released on a warning. The case has been postponed until 2 August 2019 for further investigation.