Baby stolen from womb

By Drum Digital
09 February 2012

The little bundle of joy looks much like any other newborn baby. The only hint of the gruesome ordeal she survived – an incident that cost her mother her life – is a 6-cm scar on the right side of her head.

Just over a month ago the “miracle” child, christened Hope, was cut from her mother’s womb by a woman who was trying to steal her. Valencia Behrens (34) died in the incident and was left lying in a neighbour’s yard, bloodied and lifeless, with her intestines hanging from her stomach.

“I hope the scar will disappear as she grows up,” the baby’s father, Joseph Pieterse (35), says. “But our scarred souls will take a long time to heal. There are no words to describe how heartbroken we are.

READ MORE IN DRUM MAGAZINE - 16 FEBRUARY 2012

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