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A woman is undergoing psychiatric evaluation after throwing her baby out of a window at the Newcastle Provincial Hospital on Friday, 16 September 2022.
According to an official source, the woman in question has a history of psychosis and after an alleged altercation with her boyfriend, threw the newborn baby out of the window.
The spokesperson for the KZN Department of Health, Ntokozo Maphisa said, “The Department can confirm the unfortunate incident, in which a newborn baby was thrown out of a window, allegedly by his mother. The baby fell 1.6m onto the landing of a balcony.”
Thankfully, the baby survived the fall and according to Maphisa, is in a neonatal ICU ward, in a stable condition.
“The mother of the baby was subsequently sent to another healthcare facility for psychiatric evaluation. The matter has been reported to the police. While circumstances surrounding the incident are subject to an investigation, social workers from the KZN Department of Social Development have been informed about this matter, and are on hand to assist with the safe placement of the child once discharged from the hospital,” stated Maphisa.
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