A 17-year-old girl Mtisunge Matuta, a prostitute in Kasungu district has been arrested for allegedly deserting a one-year-old baby, police have confirmed.
It is alleged that, during the month of January, 2016, the suspect left her baby with a maid who lives in Mbeta village near Kasungu Township.
The suspect had employed the maid in question to help taking care of the child whilst she continued with her usual business.
However, early this month, Matuta left Kasungu, leaving her child with the maid without informing her exactly her destination.
After looking that the suspect had took months without showing up, the maid took the child to St Andrews Orphanage at Mthunthama which is under the Anglican Church before reporting the matter to Kasungu Police.
A check and arrest message was sent to all stations to apprehend the suspect and she was netted in Lilongwe during the night of May 21st, 2016 at one of the rest houses at Chigwiri.
The suspect will appear before court to answer the charge of Child Desertion which is contrary to Section 164 of the Penal Code.
The offence attracts a maximum sentence of seven years imprisonment with hard labor if found guilty.
The suspect hails from Kacheta village under Traditional Authority Njombwa in Kasungu district.