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PE mother, who dumped three-day-old baby girl expected in court

By Afikile Lugunya - Oct 23, 2017
PE mother, who dumped three-day-old baby girl expected in court

The partnership and relations between the SAPS and Port Elizabeth residents paid off when a 24-year-old woman was arrested on Thursday night at the Kwadwesi taxi rank, for allegedly dumping the three-day-old baby girl that was found abandoned in the bushes at Kwadwesi Extension, naked and covered in soil on Tuesday. She is expected to appear in court on Monday.

Police spokesperson, Captain Andre Beetge, said that the arrest came as a result of the SAPS working with the local community to solve the case.

According to Captain Beetge, the baby is still recovering in Dora Nginza Hospital and will be taken in a place of safety once she is out of danger.

He said that after the police appealed to the public for assistance in locating the mother, the SAPS received an incredible response, which led to the arrest of the mother.

“The huge response paid off and last night just after 20:15 the 24-year-old mother was arrested at Kwadwesi taxi rank after information was received from community members that she was about to attempt to flee the area," Captain Beetge said.

Motherwell Cluster Commander, Major General Dawie Rabie, responded by thanking the community for their valuable assistance in the tracing of the mother.

"The SAPS Management also wish to thank those members of community, who donated clothing items for the baby girl," he added.

The case is being investigated by the Motherwell Family Violence Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) Unit and the mother will face charges of attempted murder and child abandonment before the New Brighton Magistrate's Court on Monday.