By Sithembiso Ncube
The Gokwe community has been left shell shocked here after a 27 year old woman dumped her new born baby in a pit latrine.
In this case of attempted infanticide Gokwe Magistrate Magistrate Busani Sibanda heard how Blessing Mudoti under Chief Nemangwe dumped her baby girl down a pit latrine soon after giving birth and left the homestead.
Mudoti had given birth at home while alone to a healthy baby girl.
The baby was only discovered few hours later after a neighbour, Benadert Tafireyi who had visited the place and after finding noone home he heard the baby crying from the toilet and went to inform Charity Gore.
The two went to the scene, discovered that there was a indeed a baby in the hole and they started digging and discovered the baby who was taken to Gokwe Hospital for treatment.
Mudoti admitted to the charge of attempted infanticide before Gokwe
She pleaded guilty and was sentenced to four months in prison of which two months were suspended for 5 years on condition that she does not commit a similar offense.
The remaining 2 months were suspended for 70 hours community service.
Romeo Zibani represented the State.