Abducted child found

2011-01-31 00:00

ISABELLA Krog, the Durban toddler who was allegedly snatched by her father, has been found unharmed and has been safely reunited with her mother Catherine Krog.

Speaking to The Witness by phone yesterday while cradling Isabella in her arms, Krog said they had been traumatised by a thorough medical examination the child had to undergo yesterday, “but everything was fine”.

“I am tired and emotionally exhausted. But we came home, ate chocolate and watched TV.” She said.

Krog said she had been devastated to see her child at the safe house where she collected her from in Kimberley, where for entertainment, “the children chased cockroaches with torches”.

She said she had two questions for Isabella’s father, who was arrested in connection with her abduction: “Where were you for nine days, and what were you thinking?”

She expressed her gratitude to the QwaQwa woman who had called her to say that she had seen Isabella and her father, after recognising them from a television report about their disappearance.

“At the time I thought why QwaQwa? Then when I was later told they had been tracked down to Kimberley, I thought it couldn’t be her. I didn’t want to get my hopes up as I really believed he had taken Isabella overseas.”

Asked what it was like when they were reunited, she said it was similar to the moment she had first been given her daughter to hold after she was born. “It was the most amazing experience.”

Krog said she had subsequently been told that Isabella’s father had sent taunting e-mails to the police, saying he would never be found. She said he had also e-mailed her. “He never expected to get caught. I have no idea what his plan was.”

She described Isabella’s father as “intelligent and calculating”.

Krog described her frustration as police kept her largely in the dark as events unfolded, but she gave them information as she received calls, like that from the QwaQwa woman. She alleged that Isabella’s father may have used different sets of number plates to avoid being caught.

Isabella’s father and another man, believed to have given them shelter, have been arrested.

The father also borrowed the man’s car, which had a tracking device that had been deactivated. Police had the tracking device reinstated and traced the man to Kimberley, where he was arrested at a relative’s home.

The father will appear in court today in Kimberley.

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