After being packed in a suitcase by her mother and buried in a shallow grave in a yard in Tsomo, South Africa, a newborn baby girl miraculously survived.

Lindiswa Ntalo, a 34-year-old mother who was detained last week, appeared in court on Monday, October 18 and was given bail.

According to police spokesperson Colonel Priscilla Naidu, a woman from Tsomo’s Xolobe Administrative Area allegedly gave birth to a baby girl in the early hours of Monday morning, 11 October 2021.

“The infant was allegedly placed in a suitcase and buried in the yard in a shallow grave.” Naidu state.

The Chief of the area, according to Naidu, contacted police in Tsomo on Tuesday about his suspicions that the woman was pregnant and is no longer pregnant, and that there is no child.

When police arrived in Xolobe, they discovered a grave in the yard. When authorities dug it out, they discovered the infant, still alive, wrapped in blankets in the luggage.”

The child, she claimed, had been transferred to the hospital. The woman was arrested for concealing her pregnancy and was sent to the hospital for treatment.

Meanwhile, after learning that Ntalo had not been prosecuted with attempted murder, community leaders expressed their outrage.

“This is awful,” said Nkosi JongisizweNgcongolo, the leader of the Amazizi traditional council, who reported the crime on October 12. This is the same mom who buried her baby alive for 24 hours and attempted an abortion multiple times.”

“She told her neighbors and relatives that she intended to end the pregnancy and the baby.” Isn’t this making a mockery of the legal system? What can the cops and the NPA say about that? Why isn’t she being charged with attempted murder? We’ve been let down. It’s possible that the infant died. He went on to say, “It’s a miracle she was discovered alive.”

Despite the fact that the incident sparked widespread outrage, no family members were present when the mother appeared in court on Monday in Tsomo.

The accused claimed to be the mother of eight children, ranging in age from her 18-year-old eldest daughter to her 18-month-old grandson.