The problems South Africa is currently having with its electricity supply brought a horrific crime to light, as four dead babies were discovered in two freezers in a New Brighton home.
One baby’s frozen remains were found in a freezer in the dining room of the Mthatha house, the other three were discovered in the kitchen refrigerator, which also contained various food items. Three of the babies had been placed in black garbage bags, while the fourth was wearing baby clothing.
Police spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Mzukisi Fatyela told the media they are unsure at present of the babies’ ages.
“Although we suspect that the infants were about a month old, because they were frozen a perfect inspection at the scene of crime is impossible.”
“An autopsy and pathology examinations will determine the ages and sexes.”
The horrifying discovery was made while the owner of the house was away in Johannesburg, attending the funeral of her boyfriend and the father of her three children. According to Times Live, a memorial service had also been held at the woman’s home on Thursday last week and food had apparently been served from the fridges and leftovers had been placed inside.
Dead babies stuffed in freezer next to food http://t.co/Ga34E6oHqa
— SA Breaking News (@SABreakingNews) February 10, 2015
This week Anita King, 44, was employed by the owner to clean the house. When she entered the home, she said there was a terrible smell. She assumed meat in the freezer had gone off because of Eskom’s electricity supply problems.
“The terrible smell was unbearable. I thought the meat in the fridges must have gone bad because of Eskom load-shedding. So I decided to clean the freezers and defrost them.”
That is when King made the terrible discovery.
“Inside there was a garbage bag and as soon I opened it the smell was horrible and filled the whole house and even outside.”
“I could not believe my eyes when I saw a tiny human hand and a head. I have never seen anything like that in my life.”
Fatyela said police are awaiting the return of the owner of the house, who they hope will be able to shed some light on the matter and that no arrests had been made as yet.
In the meantime the bodies have been sent for autopsy. According to SABC News, a shoelace was found around the neck of one of the infants.
Eastern Cape health department says pathologists have found a shoelace around the neck of one of five babies found in a deep freezer. — SAfm news (@SAfmnews) February 9, 2015
Eyewitness News reports that Mthatha is located in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa, close to Qunu, the former home and burial place of former president Nelson Mandela.
Reportedly neighbors described the owner of the house and her boyfriend as friendly and religious people, fond of children.
In other crime news in South Africa, the Inquisitr notes that investigations continue in the horrific family axe murder in Stellenbosch, where shocking new evidence has come to light.
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