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Dead Baby Found In Bag Of Student From Oprah Winfrey's School

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U.S. talk show host Oprah Winfrey, center, with learners, during an opening ceremony of her Leadership Academy for Girls School at Henley-on-Klip, South Africa, in this Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2007 file photo. (AP Photo / Denis Farrell) | AP

Oprah Winfrey's school in South Africa, the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls, has been rocked by a tragic scandal. ABC News reports that a dead baby was found in the bag of one of the school's students. According to their report, "the baby's body was found last Wednesday in a bag the 17-year-old girl brought to a hospital where she was being treated for excessive bleeding, police Lt. Col. Lungelo Dlamini told ABC News in a statement." ABC News also found that charges have not yet been filed in the case as the investigation proceeds.

The Hollywood Reporter explains that there has been "no word whether the baby had been murdered or died of natural causes."

Scandal isn't new to Oprah's school. The ABC News story reports, "shortly after the all-girls high school opened in 2007, a school matron, Virginia Tiny Makopo, was charged with sexually molesting several girls. At the time Winfrey flew to South Africa to offer a personal apology to the students and their parents, citing her own experience with sexual abuse." And E! Online explains that "in March 2009, four pupils were expelled and another three suspended for alleged 'inappropriate behaviors,' which were said to include 'sexual misconduct,' toward other students."

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