Mother arrested for missing baby

2010-10-06 07:09

A missing Khayelitsha baby has been found and his mother has been arrested, Western Cape police said.

“The breakthrough came after community members, three ladies, saw footage of the mother on the television.

“They recognised her and realised that she in fact took a baby into Greenpoint, between the shacks, and returned empty handed,” said Captain Anneke van der Vyver.

The three women reported their information to the police who then interrogated the 18-year-old mother.

“After the mother was interrogated, she took police to the spot where she dumped the baby. His body was covered with a corrugate iron plate,” said Van der Vyver.

The six-week-old baby, Simamkele Baleni, was found in the informal settlement at about 9.30pm.

Witnesses came reported the incident to police members who immediately followed up on the information.

The mother was arrested for murder and perjury. She will appear in court soon.

The mother had earlier reported that Simamkele had been stolen after she claimed she handed him to a woman to hold while she used the toilet at the Khayelitsha Hospital as she was told by the woman that the toilets were dirty.

She claimed that after she returned from the toilet, the woman and her baby had disappeared.

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