Mitchells Plain mother in court for murder of newborn

It's alleged the woman choked her newborn son to death and hid his body under a mattress at a house in Beacon Valley.

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CAPE TOWN - A Mitchells Plain mother has made a brief appearance in the local Magistrates Court in connection with the murder of her newborn baby.

The 32-year-old woman was taken into custody over the weekend.

It's alleged she choked her newborn son to death and hid his body under a mattress at a house in Beacon Valley.

Social Development MEC spokesperson Sihle Ngobese said: “The department will assist the police in the investigation of the murder of a newborn baby.

"Guided by the Children’s Act of 2005, our social workers from the Mitchells Plain local office have intervened to protect the four other children the woman has.”

A Mitchells Plain community leader says residents are devastated.

The case has been postponed to next week for bail information.

Mitchells Plain Crisis Forum spokesperson Faizel Brown attended court proceedings.

“We are shocked, the family itself is in a state of shock, they are very traumatised.”