Woman arrested attempting to sell child (3), Verulam

Reaction Unit South Africa

Woman arrested attempting to sell child (3), Verulam
Woman arrested attempting to sell child (3), Verulam. Photo: RUSA

A 53 year old Indian woman has been arrested by Members of Reaction Unit South Africa while attempting to sell a three year old child for R2000 in cash.

The woman walked into an electronic store on Moss Street, Verulam and offered the child to two woman at the counter. The female explained that the child was her grandson and that she needed R2000. During the conversation the employees of Lee’s Electronics contacted the owner of the business who also spoke to the woman who is not known to them. The woman offered to hand the child over with the birth certificate and a letter that she would not claim the child back if she was given the money in cash.

The store owner Rickesh Roopan contacted the RUSA Operations Center for assistance when the woman left to fetch the birth certificate.

Reaction Officers arrived on scene at 13:56 on Friday 15 February 2019, and apprehended the woman who attempted to leave upon noticing an approaching marked Response Vehicle. Officers removed the child from her care.

Upon questioning the female she initially informed Reaction Officers that she had no knowledge of the incident. When confronted with an audible video recording the woman explained that she was joking regarding the sale of the child. She further informed Officers that the child lived with her in Temple Valley, Verulam after her 26 year old daughter moved to Pinetown, KZN with a new boyfriend and abandoned the child.

The woman added that the child’s father had also abandoned him. The 3 year old was not registered with the Home Affairs after his birth as there was a dispute regarding the biological father. She had no financial income and had to take the child to the a Government Hospital for a vaccination earlier and was given a run around by nurses. She then left the hospital and met the two woman at the store on route home and during a conversation had requested the cash.

The woman was then placed under arrest by Reaction Officers and handed over to the South African Police Service in Verulam at 14:37.

The suspect, witnesses and the child were handed over to the SAPS. The Child Welfare and the child’s mother have been contacted and are currently on route to the Police Station.

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