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Woman deliberately transmitted HIV to her friend’s baby by breastfeeding him

A 23-year-old woman have been charged for deliberately transmitting HIV to her friend’s baby, by breastfeeding him in Zimbabwe.

It was reported that the woman deliberately infected her friends 10-month-old baby, when the mother dropped the baby with her to babysit in August.

It was alleged that the suspect knew that she was HIV positive at the time, but ignored the risk and went ahead to breastfeed the child because he was crying while playing with other kids.

However, the mother reported the matter to the police after one of the children who witnessed the incident informed her.

The suspect appeared at Harare Magistrates’ Court at the end of last month, and was initially charged with ill-treatment of a minor under the Children’s Act. She has since been charged with deliberate transmission of HIV and was granted Z$500 (£1) bail ahead of her trial on October 19.

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