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Oprah student questioned over dead baby

By the CNN Wire Staff
Oprah Winfrey opened the multi-million dollar school for poor South African girls on January 2, 2007.
Oprah Winfrey opened the multi-million dollar school for poor South African girls on January 2, 2007.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Body of newborn boy found in 17-year-old's bag
  • She was being treated in hospital for excessive bleeding
  • Student attended Oprah Winfrey's Academy for Girls
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(CNN) -- A student of Oprah Winfrey's Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa is being questioned in the death of an infant, authorities said.

The body of the newborn boy was found in the 17-year-old girl's bag as she was being treated in a hospital for excessive bleeding.

Police suspect she gave birth at the school, but say it is unclear if the child died naturally or was killed at birth. An autopsy was under way.

American talk-show host Oprah Winfrey opened the school in January 2007 to provide educational opportunities for impoverished girls in South Africa.

CNN's Robyn Curnow contributed to this report.