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Police appeal for leads after mother dumps month-old baby in Walmer

Nov 16, 2017
Police appeal for leads after mother dumps month-old baby in Walmer

The SAPS Family Violence Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit (FCS) Unit in Port Elizabeth has appealed to the public for assistance in locating a mother, who allegedly abandoned her month-old baby in Walmer, Port Elizabeth.

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 police spokesperson, Colonel Priscilla 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 are investigating a case of child neglect and child abandonment.

"Members from the FCS unit followed up on the particulars at the clinic.

"Police are looking for Phelokazi Gxoyiya, whom they believe is in Addo," Colonel Naidu said.

"Child protection is the protection of children from violence, exploitation, abuse and neglect therefore all children should be taken care of in a safe environment.

"Anyone who can assist in tracing the woman is asked to contact D/Const Timothy Minyayo at PE FCS unit on 071 475 1731."