The Blantyre District Social Welfare on Wednesday morning seized a nine months old baby from its mother, who is suspected to be mentally challenged.
This was in response to the street vendors’ report to the police after they spotted the suspected mad woman backing the baby and loitering aimlessly along the streets of Blantyre.
According to some street vendors, for the whole of last week, the woman had been seen leaving the baby unattended, crying uncontrollably to biting coldness that has been the hallmark of weather in the commercial city, a situation which raised concern to the innocent baby’s health.
And according to the Blantyre District Social Welfare Officer,Trophina Limbani, the woman was cornered at Ginnery Corner in Blantyre where the baby was taken away.
“The baby is now at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital for examination, after everything, we are likely to hand it over to a children care centre,” said Limbani.
Cases of mad women and girls falling pregnant are rising in the country. However, it is always almost impossible to trace the victims’ sexual assailant due to the absence of a provision that will make it a mandatory for all the citizens to provide their DNA to the authorities.