Police in Nkhotakota district are keeping in custody a 22-year old Steria Manda, for allegedly strangling to death her newly born baby boy.
Nkhotakota Police Station Public Relations Officer Paul Malimwe says on September 13, 2021, at around 04:00 hours, the suspect went to St Anne’s Mission Hospital complaining of abdominal pain, diarrhea, and vomiting.
“Whilst at the hospital being attended by the nurse, she asked to answer a call of nature. Whilst in ladies’ room, it is believed that she delivered a baby boy. Later, she came out with a dead body in her hands with fractures on both arms and bruises on the neck,” Malimwe says.
According to Malimwe, nurses at the hospital were shocked and reported the matter to Nkhotakota Police Station where officers swiftly went to the hospital.
Postmortem conducted at the hospital established that strangulation and head injury are the causes of the death.
Meanwhile, the suspect has confessed to having strangled the neck of the newly born baby, but she is mum on the reasons for doing that.
Currently, the suspect is in police custody and will appear in court soon.
Steria Manda hails from Matola village in the area of Traditional Authority Chitsemphere in Kasungu district.