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Father of month-old baby found dumped in Walmer expected in court

Nov 16, 2017
Father of month-old baby found dumped in Walmer expected in court

A 28-year-old father of a month-old baby girl that was found abandoned in Walmer, Port Elizabeth, over the weekend, was arrested and detained on Thursday by Port Elizabeth police on a charge of perjury. 

"Police received an anonymous ‘tip off’ about the mother’s address and on Thursday morning went to Addo," said police spokesperson, Colonel Priscilla Naidu.

"However, the mother heard that police were looking for her and reported at SAPS Walmer.

"On questioning the mother, she indicated that she left the child with the father as there are problems regarding the maintenance of the child."

Police said that the father was approached and was arrested.

He will appear in court on Friday.

What happened?

According to police information, on Sunday, at about 17:30, a couple was walking home from church in Walmer location when they heard the cries of a baby. 

"They went to investigate and found a baby about a month old in the bushes," described Col Naidu.

"The baby, a girl, was wrapped in a blanket and her bag was lying next to her.

"Inside the bag was the baby’s medication with the mother’s name written on it. The couple took the child to the Walmer police station and reported the incident."

She said that the child was taken to a place of safety and police were investigating a case of child neglect and child abandonment.

Officers from the FCS unit followed up on the particulars at the clinic and learnt the mother was from Addo.