Baby Calvin reunited with mom after mystery woman takes him to cops

2010-05-13 00:00

BABY Calvin Daniels, who disappeared outside the Home Affairs Department offices on Tuesday, has been found and returned to his parents.

Nine-month-old Calvin was returned to Pietermaritzburg Central police station yesterday morning by the woman who took him home on Tuesday after being asked by nanny Nompumelelo Philisiwe Ngcobo to look after him.

Ngcobo said she had to rush to the police station to make an affidavit to submit to Home Affairs, and the woman, whom she did not know, insisted that Ngcobo leave the baby with her.

Since baby Calvin was asleep at the time, the woman said he should not be disturbed and she would look after him.

When Ngcobo returned from the police station, the woman had disappeared with the baby.

But yesterday morning, Calvin’s mother, Zibuyile Daniels, her friends and relatives were all smiles as they gathered at the police station after the woman had returned the child.

Calvin was bouncing around in his mother’s arms without a care in the world while she clung to him for dear life.

Thenjiwe Mhlongo, a family friend, said they were very relieved when they had a phone call from the police saying the baby had been found.

“We were on Edendale Road to the office to make more prints and copies of his photos when we got the phone call.

“We were so happy I nearly did a U-turn right in the middle of the road,” said Mhlongo.

“On Tuesday we never had one wink of sleep as we searched and contacted everyone we knew to help us with the search.”

Daniels said that when she got her baby back all she could ask the woman was “why?”

“She told me that she left with the baby after she thought the nanny was not coming back.”

Ngcobo said: “When I saw him and he was fine I just cried.”

Inspector Joey Jeevan said it did not appear that the woman had wanted to steal the child because she reported at the Plessislaer police station that she had him.

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