Nurse infanticide case resumes

BULAWAYO - A Mpilo Hospital nurse who allegedly suffocated her own baby soon after giving birth has again been hauled before the courts and remanded out of custody for the third time.

Latifa Ndlovu, 33 who resides in Magwegwe West and works in the maternity department at Mpilo Hospital pleaded not guilty to a charge of infanticide when she appeared before Magistrate Crispen James Mberewere.
She was remanded out of custody January 20 for trial.

The State alleges that on the morning of September 9 in 2011, Ndlovu gave birth at her house before an ambulance arrived to ferry her and the baby to United Bulawayo Hospitals (UBH).

The following day the accused and the infant were examined by the doctor and discharged.

The court heard that Sikhathele Moyo, who is a nurse at UBH in the department of Special Care Unit and resides in Nkulumane, went into the room where Ndlovu was admitted in to collect a cot bed.

As she entered the room, she allegedly saw Ndlovu sitting on top of her baby who was lying on the bed.

In a police statement, Moyo said the accused jumped off the infant and pretended she was wrapping herself with a baby towel.

The court further heard that Moyo proceeded to collect the cot bed and did not speak with the accused until she went back to inform her workmates Sicengani Msimanga, Nothando Nkomo and Siboniso Moyo on what she saw.

It is stated that after a few minutes, Ndlovu approached the other nurses and told them she had noticed greyish colour on the baby’s hands and that the infant was having difficulties in breathing.

Nurses rushed to attend to the baby and discovered a blood clot in the infant’s nostrils which they showed the accused.  Ndlovu allegedly professed ignorance of having seen the baby bleed in the nose.

The nurses tried to resuscitate the infant but it was certified dead by a Dr Gwatirera.

A post-mortem conducted by another doctor at the hospital on and September 12 showed that the new born died from suffocation.

Comments (3)

Wicked people and wickedness

chaporomoka chamukwenjere - 10 January 2014

Queen Latifa---how dare you? Such is the result of unprotected sex-----abstain or condomise to stay out of this kind of trouble, yeses maaaan yeses this satanoc student nurse----should we keep her in the profession? Lets hear the court first--but she doesn't deserve to be a nurse at all if this story is true.

T.Zongororo - 12 January 2014

thats bad, if you dnt want the baby, why have one then????

NOTHANDO MABIKWA - 12 January 2014

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