SAPS rescue newborn girl from pit toilet

2015-06-11 06:01
PHOTO: supplied 

Sergeant Nolan Wallace carries the baby.

PHOTO: supplied Sergeant Nolan Wallace carries the baby.

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

MEMBERS of the Pietermaritzburg search-and-rescue unit staged a dramatic rescue to save a newborn baby allegedly dumped in a pit toilet.

Team leader Lieutenant Jack Haskins said they raced to the Elandskop area on Saturday morning after receiving a report that a baby’s scream could be heard coming from a pit latrine.

When they arrived, the baby girl, who had been wrapped in a blanket and dumped in human waste, was quiet. She had been in the toilet for at least four hours.

The mother of the child (24) has been arrested and faces attempted murder charges.

Haskins said he was about to leave home for the Royal Showgrounds when he received the call.

Some of his team members in different vehicles were already rushing to the scene.

“My thoughts were, get there as fast as you can.”

When they arrived they found the owners of the homestead had removed the concrete slab at the back of the toilet in their attempt to rescue the baby.

“The baby was quiet, but as soon as we looked inside the toilet she cried and we saw where she was,” he said.

“All the members of this unit are fathers. The moment she screamed we knew we had to get her out as quickly as we could. I took a piece of steel fence and placed it on the human waste. I climbed down and stood on the steel and picked her up. I climbed out before the steel started to sink. It took about five minutes to get her out,” he said.

They cleaned the baby before rushing her to an ambulance.

“We were concerned about hypothermia as we understood she had been in the toilet since around 4am.”

He said they met the ambulance on the Boston-Bulwer road and handed ER24 paramedics the baby. She was quickly rushed to Greys Hospital where she is doing well.

Haskins said he and his team were overcome by emotion at what they saw.

“Ninety-nine percent of what we do deals with death. It’s a strong feeling when we save someone. Knowing that we have given that person a chance in life is a wonderful feeling - it’s something you cannot describe.I had tears running down my cheeks when we rescued her,” he said.

Haskins said this was the second time in 21 years he had gone down into a pit toilet to rescue a child.

Chitra Bodasing, ER24 spokesperson, said the baby did not sustain any injuries but was very cold.

“She was warmed up by the paramedics and transported to hospital. She is fine and being kept under observation.The little baby girl was born early [on Saturday] morning and is 2,9kg.”

Police spokesperson Constable Mthokozisi Ngobese did not want to speculate on how the baby came to be in the toilet.

“Everything is still subject to police investigation,” he said

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Financial advisors – Do you need one and should you get one?

The good, the bad, and everything else you need to know when considering hiring a financial advisor.


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.