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Woman allegedly kidnaps 3-year-old boy at Port Elizabeth beach

Jan 6, 2019
Woman allegedly kidnaps 3-year-old boy at Port Elizabeth beach

Police in Port Elizabeth are on the hunt for a woman, who allegedly kidnapped a three-year-old boy on Friday afternoon from a beach in Port Elizabeth.

According to police information, the child, Nefrin Lucraine Roberts, was at the beach in Summerstrand (near Something Good) with his grandmother, Lucinda Roberts (52).

"They were waiting for the child’s mother. While there,  a woman introduced herself as Meagan from Shauderville struck up a conversation with the grandmother and after a while both women  went across to the nearby shopping centre to buy liquor," described police spokesperson, Col Priscilla Naidu.

"They went back to the beach and waited for the child’s mother who never arrived. 

"The two women  stayed on the beach and a while later  (about 18:00) ‘Meagan’ went  back to the  shopping centre to buy cigarettes. She took the child with her and never returned."

Port Elizabeth police looking for woman who allegedly kidnapped 3-year-old boy

The incident was reported to police on Saturday morning.

She said that at the time, the child was wearing  a grey sweater and blue shorts.

"The child is from Hibiscus Street, Ext  31, in Bethelsdorp.

"‘Meagan' is about 25-30 years old, dark in complexion and is fluent in Afrikaans and English. She has a tattoo on her arm and ankle (design unknown) and may possibly be from Shauderville," .

"At the time of the kidnapping she was wearing a pink striped top with pink jeans and black takkies. A scarf was tied around her hair.

Police have retrieved CCTV footage at the Pick ‘n Pay centre where she took the child - photos attached.

The Family Violence Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit in Port Elizabeth is investigating a case of kidnapping.

"Police is appealing to the communities to assist in tracing the woman and the child. Capt Machewula may be contacted on 071 352 4644 alternatively the nearest police station may be contacted."

Main image: Nefrin Lucraine Roberts.

Other images: Alleged suspect “Meagan”

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