The body of a baby was on Saturday found in a burst sewer pipe at Lobengula Primary School in Bulawayo in a suspected case of infanticide.
The baby boy’s body, suspected to have been flushed in a toilet, popped out of a sewage pond.
It is thought that someone could have terminated a pregnancy before flushing the infant into the toilet system leading to the sewer blockage.
The body was reportedly still intact meaning the person could have flushed the baby in the morning or the previous night.
Police in Bulawayo confirmed the incident and the matter is now under investigation. Bulawayo police spokesperson Inspector Abednico Ncube said:
I can confirm that the police are investigating a case of terminating pregnancy where on 29 May, a dead infant was discovered by residents in a sewer at Lobengula Primary School. Investigations over the matter are still in progress and awaiting post-mortem.
Insp Ncube appealed to members of the public who might have any information on the case to come forward. He said:
We are appealing to members of the public who might have information on the case or if you know someone who was pregnant but is no longer pregnant.
Please report to the nearest police station. I urge members to desist from killing innocent babies, something can be worked out than killing them.