A 16-year-old girl is in trouble after she dumped her a six-month-old child at a house in Bulawayo.
The girl, who is of no fixed abode, appeared before a Bulawayo Western Commonage magistrate, Tancy Dube, on Friday facing charges of ill-treating her child.
Her sentence was suspended for five years on condition that she does not commit a similar offence.
Prosecutors said on May 2 this year, the juvenile dumped her daughter at a house in Old Pumula in a manner that was likely to affect the health of her child.
The child was rescued on May 7 by three men after they were tipped off by a fellow resident Matilda Mhlanga.
The Good Samaritans took the child to Mhlanga and asked her to take care of her while they looked for the juvenile, but they did not return.
On May 8, Mhlanga reported the matter to the police, leading to the girl’s arrest.