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Shamiso Dzingire

A young mother from Bulawayo’s Nkulumane 5 suburb left her infant baby with a stranger while she went to have sex with her boyfriend at a lodge,a court heard yesterday.Ayanda Sibanda, 22, left her 11-month-old baby with Florence Tatani on Friday in the city centre under the pretext that she wanted to use the toilet. However, Sibanda disappeared for more than three hours prompting Tatani to take the baby to Bulawayo Central Police Station. Sabanda was arrested the following day when she went to the police station to report the baby missing.She pleaded guilt to child neglect when she appeared before Bulawayo magistrate Franklin Mkhwananzi. During mitigation, Sibanda pleaded for court’s leniency saying she never intended to harm her child by leaving her with a total stranger. For the offence, Mkwananzi fined her $60, failure of which she will spend 30 days in jail.