39-year-old Zimbabwean woman, Annie Mpariwa who is HIV positive has been arrested for deliberately breastfeeding neighbour’s baby without her consent. Mpariwa appeared in a Gaborne Court on Wednesday last week but the case was deferred to 24th of October in order to carry out a second HIV test on the toddler. However, the child's was initial tested and the results came out negative.
Mpariwa was accused of common nuisance and should the child test positive; the charge will be raised to “deliberately infecting another person with HIV”. The mother of the 14-month-old baby said seeing her child being breastfed by her neighbour was traumatising.
According to her, the neighbour snatched the child while she was playing outside and hid her in her room. But after searching for the child for quite some time, she went and knocked on Annie’s rented room and got no response. Upon peeping through the window, she saw her breastfeeding her baby.
She said “I was shocked and nearly fainted, adding that her breasts were leaking milk yet she was not a nursing mother or pregnant”.