Dumped baby survives in animal-infested forest


Leonard Ncube Victoria Falls Reporter
A NEW born baby survived hours alone in an animal-infested forest where her mother allegedly dumped her soon after birth. Sibonokuhle Ntini, a widow, allegedly dumped the baby at Chamabondo forest in Victoria Falls on Wednesday last week. The forest is home to predators like lion, leopards and snakes. The healthy baby weighed 3,6kg.

Ntini was arrested a day later after police launched a manhunt following a report by a Good Samaritan, David Sibanda of Mkhosana suburb, who rescued the tot.

Sibanda rushed the baby to Victoria Falls District Hospital.

Ntini is, however, still to appear in court as prosecutors yesterday referred the docket back to the police station for further investigations.

Ntini has two minor children from her marriage to Lazarus Ndlovu who died in January last year.

“She has to go for counselling and be monitored by a probation officer to see if she can be given the baby before she can come to court. She will be summoned to come on Friday (today) pending the probation officer’s report,” said prosecutors as they addressed the docket back to the police.

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  • theza

    there should be a harsh sentence to such a crime, what if the baby had been killed by animals, she is setting a bad example

    • Legal Eagle

      I think she should be given mental evaluation and social welfare must investigate the condition of the other two minors. As laymen we tent to look at the act rather than the cause of the act. Zimbabwe and many other third world countries have a lot of catching up to do when it comes to dealing matters of mental illness.

  • qili

    she was not supposed to be given the baby, it was supposed to be taken by child welfare people

  • Princess

    Why give her back the baby. Isn’t it akin to returning the baby to the forest where she was dumped earlier?

  • Tonde

    Eish, poor baby!

  • case

    The devil is a liar, thank God the baby survived..