Klerksdorp police launched a search operation for a woman who allegedly kidnapped a week-old baby from her mother on Thursday, 17 June 2021. According to information available at this stage, the 17-year-old mother gave birth at her residential place on Monday, 14 June 2021. The baby was subsequently admitted to Klerksdorp Hospital on Thursday morning, 17 June 2021, for a check-up and discharged at 14:00.
The mother was leaving the hospital when she met a woman who asked to buy her tekkies as she was wearing flip-flops (push-ins) on a cold day. Reports suggest that the 17-year-old mother allegedly went to the mall with the woman who gave her money to buy herself tekkies, whilst she remained behind to look after the new born baby girl.
The mother discovered when she came out of the shop that the woman was missing with the baby. The young mother reported the matter to the police and a case of kidnapping was registered.
Police are requesting anyone who may have information regarding the incident including the whereabouts of the suspect, who is believed to be in her early thirties, to call the Investigating Officer, Sergeant Kenny Ntshekane on 082 568 6909 or South African Police Service (SAPS) Crime Stop number: 08600 10111.
The suspect speaks Setswana, is 1.65m tall and was wearing a black jean with black and pink top.