Police in South Africa are investigating a case of criminal concealment of death after it was discovered a 17 year-old student gave birth to a baby and left her to die in a school compund.
The body of the abandoned new-born baby was found at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls after the girl gave birth to it on Wednesday and gave her away to death by abandoning her in a spot on the academy compound, Gauteng police said.
Police could not confirm if the baby had been murdered or died of natural causes, Captain Shado Mashobane said.
“Yes the girl gave birth to the baby at the school, but we can’t confirm what happened to it”, it was revealed.
A case of concealment of death is being investigated,” the source added.
The 17-year-old girl, who was a pupil at the school just outside Johannesburg, was taken to the Midvaal Hospital in Meyerton.
Beeld newspaper on Friday reported that the baby’s body was found in a plastic bag filled with bloodied clothes after the girl was taken to hospital.