Child abuse: Missing girl (4) found, parents charged

South African Police Service

Child abuse: Missing girl (4) found, parents charged
Child abuse: Missing girl (4) found, parents charged

The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in the Eastern Cape, Lieutenant General Nomthetheleli Mene commended the relentless and selfless efforts of the community who assisted members with the search and rescue operation, and rescued a ‘missing’ four-year-old girl in the bushes outside Aberdeen two days ago.

On Tuesday, 16 August 2022 at about 15:20, a missing person enquiry was opened at Aberdeen SAPS, following the disappearance of a four-year-old girl.

Immediately, members from Gqeberha and Cradock K9 Search and Rescue Unit with the assistance from local members resumed with the search.

The following day, the search continued, and was joined by the community. Moments later, a group of residents found the missing girl in the bushes on a mountain next to N9.

On Thursday, 18 August 2022, her biological parents aged 37 and 39 were charged for child abuse, child neglect and child abandonment, and were released on warning.

The case was postponed to Thursday, 15 September 2022 for further investigation.

Police are also probing the circumstances surrounding the child disappearance.

The identities of the accused persons are being withheld.

Lt Gen Mene commended community members for their selfless efforts, “A turn-around period during search and rescue operation is very crucial, and their assistance was the difference between life and death”, added Lt Gen Mene.

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SOURCESouth African Police Service