Newborn Baby kidnapped in KZN

The child was returned to her mother after being kidnapped
The 4-day-old baby was returned to his mother after being kidnapped by two women

Two women have been arrested in Port Shepstone for stealing a newborn baby. The women allegedly took the child while looking after it – the mother left her baby in their care to go to the toilet.  She and her 4-day-old baby was just discharged from the hospital earlier in the week.  The two suspects, aged 17 and 20, were arrested by the Port Shepstone Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit on Wednesday.  The suspects then appeared in the Umzimkhlu magistrates court on Thursday, after which the 17-year-old was released into the custody of her parents.  Colonel Tembeka Mbele, Police Spokesperson, said that on Monday a 23-year-old mother was discharged from the Umzimkhulu  hospital after giving birth to her son.  “While at the hospital, she was approached by two women who pretended to be visiting a relative in the maternity ward.  They offered to leave together with her as they were also going to Umzimkhulu CBD.  When they reached the CBD they took the baby from the mother when she wanted to go into the lavatory,” Colonel Mbele said.  “Upon her return, she could not find the women or her four-day baby boy.  She reported the incident to Umzimkhulu police and a case of kidnapping was opened.”  The docket was then assigned to the Port Shepstone FCS Unit and the investigation led the team to Mfulamahle Location where the two women and baby were found.  Mbele said the suspects were arrested and the baby was taken to a hospital for a medical examination.  According to Mbele the investigation determined that the baby was to be sent to Gauteng where a boyfriend of one of the suspect’s live. 

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