Woman jailed for child neglect

FRANCISTOWN: Magistrate Dumisani Bagopi on Tuesday convicted a Monarch woman for child negligence and ruled that she be remanded in custody until sentencing on June 18.Nyalalani Sumbuso, 22, was charged with a single count of neglecting her two-year-old toddler, Alicia Sumbuso.

According to the prosecution, Sumbuso left her child in the care of her neighbour, Bakang Simon, at Monarch Area 9 on the morning of January 26, 2013 at around 7am. She left her daughter with the neighbours with the understanding that she would pick her up later that same day, which she never did.Prosecutor, Nancy Obonye, told the court that by the time the accused was found in Tlokweng near Gaborone on February 3, the child was being taken care of by matrons at Nyangabgwe Referral Hospital.

When Bagopi asked the accused about the facts written on the charge sheet, Sumbuso agreed with what was written on the charge sheet."When leaving the child, your intention was to abandon the child without taking care of her. Why did you abandon the child?" asked Bagopi.Sumbuso could only murmur that she was hurt, without elaborating, when she left her child.  Consequently, Bagopi convicted Sumbuso stating: "Now that you are no longer the accused but the convict, you are therefore remanded in custody. Litigation and sentencing will be on June 18."

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