Suspect nabbed for abduction of newborn baby

South African Police Service

Suspect nabbed for abduction of newborn baby
Suspect nabbed for abduction of newborn baby. Photo: SAPS

On Friday, 14 September 2018 an 18 year old mother from Mfekayi boarded a taxi from Hlabisa Hospital to Mtubatuba town after having given birth at hospital. It is alleged that a woman in her thirties who was sitting behind the mother, requested to carry the one day old newborn baby girl. The mother agreed as she appeared to be sympathetic.

On their arrival at the Mtubatuba taxi rank, the said woman asked the mother to buy airtime from a nearby shop and promised to wait for her. On her return from the shop the mother realised that the woman and her newborn baby were nowhere to be found.

The matter was reported to Mtubatuba police station for investigation and the docket was transferred to the KwaMsane FCS Unit for further investigation.

On Monday night, the Mtubatuba community proceeded to Makhambane area after receiving information of a woman who was found in possession of a newborn baby that was not hers. Police were contacted and the woman was handed over to the police who placed her under arrest. After the baby was found and the suspect was positively identified by the mother of the stolen baby as the same person who stole her child.

The suspect (35) was charged for kidnapping and will appear in the Mtubatuba Magistrates Court. The baby was taken to a health facility for a check up.

Police are appealing to parents to take extra precautions when dealing with strangers. Parents should not hand over their babies to strangers. They must ensure that at all times their eyes are on their babies. Police are concerned with the high incidence of cases where parents hand over their new born babies to people who befriend them at taxi ranks and business premises.

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SOURCESouth African Police Service