“The mother told officers that her child’s father was causing problems for her and that she did not want the child any more,” said Sergeant Styles Maome, communications officer for Primrose police.
Officers tried to talk to the drunken woman, but she would not listen and left the station, Germiston City News reported.
“Minutes after the woman left, a child’s crying was heard. The woman’s 18-month-old baby was found left under a tree close to the station,” Maome said.
The mother was found with a man only a few kilometres away from the station. She was arrested and charged with child neglect.
The accused appeared in the Germiston Magistrates’ Court, where she was released on a warning. The child has since been taken to a place of safety.
In July, a four-year-old was put in a place of safety after he was abandoned by a woman believed to be his mother in Midrand, Gauteng.
The little boy, who reportedly did not know his surname, was found by a community member next to a guesthouse. The community member then took the child to the police station.
Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Neldah Sekgobela said the woman had allegedly returned from work at 7pm when she abandoned the child.
“The boy was carrying a bag containing his clothes when he was found. When police asked the child where his parents were, he said his mother got into an identified truck and left him behind,” Sekgobela said.
– Caxton News Service