Best Care Ambulance Services spokesperson Xander Loubser said the infant’s umbilical cord was still freshly clamped when he was found, Rekord East reported.
“The umbilical clamp was done in hospital, and this probably occurred after the mom and baby were discharged from hospital,” Loubser said.
Loubser added paramedics were alerted by the CPF in the area. The baby boy was about 48 hours old and was taken to Steve Biko academic hospital for treatment.
Pretoria Central police spokesperson Captain Augustinah Selepe confirmed the incident and said that it would be investigated.
This after the body of a newborn baby was found inside an open manhole in the Lillianton area of Boksburg, on the East Rand, earlier this month.
According to the Boksburg North police spokesperson Lieutenant Juanita Coetzer, a pedestrian walked by an open manhole and caught a whiff of a bad smell.
“Out of curiosity he looked down into the drain and saw something that looked like a baby,” said Coetzer.
A medic was then called and subsequently declared the child dead. It was then determined to be a baby boy, estimated to have been in the manhole for between three to five days, she said. Coetzer added the incident was under investigation.
– Caxton News Service