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    Baby fails to breastfeed as mother elopes with wrong man


    ELIZABETH MASHIRI
    MIDLANDS BUREAU

    GWERU – A newly born baby from Mazvihwa Village in Zvishavane  is said to have failed to breastfeed after her 14-year-old mother eloped with the wrong father.
    It is said that the baby only started suckling from her mother’s breasts after the latter took her to the correct man; her grandfather who had raped and impregnated her.
    The matter emerged in court when the uncle (72) was charged and convicted of rape by Gweru Regional Magistrate Phathekile Msipa and sentenced to 15 years in prison with three suspended.
    It is said that the girl eloped with a 17 year old minor and her child could not breastfeed for nine days. She went back to her grandfather who had raped and impregnated her and the latter accepted responsibility, called out the child’s totem and the baby started sucking from the mother’s breast.
    The child however, died allegedly because of the long time she had spent without getting milk.
    It is the State case that around January raped his minor grandchild on .
    The accused told the minor that he would only provide food for her on condition they had sex. When the minor fell pregnant, he forced her to elope with her boyfriend but this did not work out as the baby could not breastfeed.
    The baby was taken to different medical centres for treatment but to no avail. The minor’s in-laws later decided to take the minor to her grandparents to sort for solutions to the baby’s problem.
    The matter was reported to the Police and the accused was arrested.
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