National 25.8.2016 02:18 pm

KZN woman arrested for kidnapping newborn

Photo: Supplied

Photo: Supplied

The victim was admitted at a Durban hospital after giving birth to her baby boy.

A 30-year-old woman has been arrested and charged for allegedly kidnapping a baby boy in the Hillcrest area of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN).

The arrest comes after police received information regarding her whereabouts.

Later on, the suspect allegedly provided money to the victim and asked her to purchase airtime while she waited with the baby at a taxi rank.

Police spokesperson, Lieutenant-Colonel Thulani Zwane said on August 13, the victim was admitted at a Durban hospital after giving birth to her baby boy, Rising Sun Chatsworth reported.

She was approached by the suspect, who offered to assist her as the victim’s family reportedly did not want to fetch the victim from hospital.

When the victim returned, she noticed that both her baby and the suspect were missing.

“The victim and the suspect left the hospital and proceeded to Durban, where the suspect offered food to her. Later on, the suspect allegedly provided money to the victim and asked her to purchase airtime while she waited with the baby at a taxi rank,” said Zwane.

When the victim returned, she noticed that both her baby and the suspect were missing.

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“The suspect was traced and the child was found alive. The suspect was charged with child stealing and has appeared in court already. The child was handed over to the victim after he was taken for medical checkups,” added Zwane.

A case of child stealing was opened. Investigations are ongoing.

KZN provincial commissioner Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni praised Durban Central police officers for working tirelessly in tracing and arresting the suspect.

“I am also happy that the child was found alive, as in some cases, missing children are found dead. The child has been reunited with his mother and is in a good and healthy condition,” she said.

– Caxton News Service

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