PEOPLE noticed that a woman who was pregnant had no baby afterwards and wondered what had happened. The only way the woman could explain herself to the suspicious people was to confess.

The 26-year-old from Clocolan in the Free State led the residents to her baby’s shallow grave behind her house on Thursday.

Cops were called to the scene after allegations that both the woman and her mother were responsible for killing and burying the baby.

Resident Dieketseng Monare (33) told Daily Sun: “I often saw the pregnant woman. On Thursday I went to visit a friend and we spoke about her.

“We went to her house and found her sitting there with a flat stomach and no baby. She said she was still pregnant but we got suspicious and called the police.

“Before the cops arrived, she cried and told me the child was dead and was buried behind the toilet. The cops arrived and arrested the woman and her mother.”

Police spokesman Captain Phumelelo Dhlamini said: “A case of concealment of birth has been opened.

“A woman and her daughter were arrested. A post mortem will be done to determine the cause of death.”