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Ngoma teen mother arrested over infanticide

By IGIHE
On 7 July 2021 at 08:04

A teen mother from Murama sector, Ngoma district of Eastern Province has been arrested over allegedly killing newly born baby.

The 18-year old teen mother is a primary six student at Mvumba Groupe Scolaire.

The incident took place on Tuesday 6th July 2021 in Urubare village, Sakara cell, Murama sector.

The Executive Secretary of Murama sector, Charles Mugirwanake has told IGIHE that a resident visiting his coffee garden saw the baby’s body covered with grasses and alerted officials.

He explained that investigation was immediately launched and identified the mother who was previously pregnant.

“She got pregnant while studying at Groupe Scolaire Mvumba. She admitted to have strangled the baby after delivery around 3a.m. and dumped her body in a coffee garden. The teen mother explained that she committed the murder fearing stigma in the society,” he said.

Mugirwanake urged residents to report pregnant teens early for advice to avoid similar incidences.

The teen mother has been handed over to Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) post in the area.


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