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Woman arrested after newly-born baby found at Wells Estate dump site

By Afikile Lugunya - Sep 20, 2018
Woman arrested after newly-born baby found at Wells Estate dump site

A Port Elizabeth woman is expected in court on Friday after she was arrested by police following the discovery of newly-born baby boy, who was found alive at a dump site in Wells Estate on Thursday morning by a local resident.

It is alleged that a woman heard the baby crying from the dump site, which is located along Malinga Street, at about 09:00am.

On taking a closer look, the woman discovered the newly-born baby boy that was naked and crying in between the rubbish.

Police spokesperson, Andre Beetge, said that after they were notified, they further investigated and also found the afterbirth and a blood trail leading into Kolisi Street.

"More evidence was collected at a house in Kolisi Street, but the 26-year-old female suspect (mother) was not at home,” he described.

"She was arrested at 12:45 at a nearby friend`s house where she was hiding."

Captain Beetge said that the baby was receiving medical attention at the Wells Estate Clinic and would be transferred to the Dora Nginza Hospital later on Thursday.

The baby boy is also in urgent need of newborn warm clothing and diapers.

Any good samaritan donations could be handed in at the Swartkops Police Station.

Captain Beetge said that the 26-year-old mother will be facing charges of attempted murder and child abandonment at the Motherwell Magistrate’s Court on Friday.

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