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Mom, 19, arrested for dumping baby

2012-04-13 12:10

East London - A woman has been arrested for dumping her 4-month-old baby girl in bush at an informal settlement in Butterworth, Eastern Cape police said on Friday.

The baby, wrapped in a blanket, was found by residents on Thursday, Captain Jackson Manatha said.

They flagged down patrolling police, and the baby was taken to a local hospital.

A short while later police found the 19-year-old mother.

Comments
  • Marion - 2012-04-13 12:17

    There is no law that says you have to keep your baby. There is a law that says you may not harm it or abandon it in this way. If you don't want a baby take it to someone, anyone, who will care of it until welfare can be called in to rescue it.

      Nina - 2012-04-13 13:24

      I do not care what her "circumatances" are blah blah blah...what she did is unjustified. No one aked her to make that child, and I also do not care how the child was conceived. With options available, she chose to dump the child? We found my now baby sister in a bush 5 years ago, still bloody from birth, then adopted her. How do we tell her about the way she came into our lives? A child is a gift regardless. Things like this really make me sick!!!

      Shadipity - 2012-04-13 14:12

      “Nature has got it all wrong: When you are younger, it should be harder to get pregnant, and as you get older it should be easier. When you are so ready, you can’t do it to save your life. And when you are 21, you are so not ready, but you are ripe as could be. The eggs should become more developed the older you get, not die slowly from the day you’re born. That’s one thing God got wrong.” – Halle Berry

  • CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-13 12:17

    will it ever end? don't breed if you can't feed !!!

      Greg - 2012-04-13 12:29

      I have to agree Charles!! ...and do people not understand the use of prophylactics?? Which are free might I add!! Such a simple task to avoid what in the end amounts to such an inhumane act as abandoning a defenceless new born!! Shocking!!

      rbphiri - 2012-04-13 13:06

      Than we get idiots who think abortions are quick effective contraceptives. I firmly stand by your sentiment don't breed if you can't feed

  • Koos - 2012-04-13 12:17

    Aaaa yes, another oh so common but proud moment for South Africa. If we are not raping or killing someone we are throwing away babies. NICE!

      Marion - 2012-04-13 12:49

      Koos, things like this happen in 1st world countries too. Not everything is a stigma on South Africa alone.

      Koos - 2012-04-13 13:02

      True marion but I live here not there.

  • John - 2012-04-13 12:22

    I hope the "mother" gets dumped in prison for a very long time.

      mosekim1 - 2012-04-13 12:28

      Some 1 must pay 4 that.

      Thandekile Pokolo - 2012-04-13 12:47

      they must arrest a father also b'coz she still youngand i hope the person make her preg maybe 30yrs or morethan so she is afraid

      Koos - 2012-04-13 13:05

      @Thandekile Phokolo: Go sit at Home Affairs for one day and then sit for one day at the Department Of Labour. You have no idea how bad it is when fathers don’t support their children but at least those mothers don’t throw their babies down toilets, long drops or trashcans. I agree, get the father as well.

      rbphiri - 2012-04-13 13:09

      After she's dumped there, the cost of her staying in those five star hotels, candy coated with bars of steel, will solely lie on the pockets of taxpayers

      John - 2012-04-13 14:48

      Then string her up and lets be done with it. I have no problems with that. Let the dogs finish what the birds dont.

  • Morn%c3%a9 - 2012-04-13 12:23

    They should lock her up and trow away the key as she trew away her baby. This is only sick people that can do something like this !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • meredith.r.pollock - 2012-04-13 12:25

    Lock her up and throw away the damn key... Disgusting excuse for a human being and a mother!!!

  • Lisa - 2012-04-13 12:28

    disgusting bitch!!!

  • Mark - 2012-04-13 12:31

    IF you through away a baby the state should sterelize that woman imediately .So no other kid could be harmed in any circumstance!

  • Oom - 2012-04-13 12:33

    This increasingly common behaviour is incredible. Can't think of any species of animal where the mother would do such a thing to her young. These "people" are definitely lower life forms, like an insect

      Tony - 2012-04-13 13:01

      Some species eat their young - lions and rodents for example.

  • ShanErin2908 - 2012-04-13 12:35

    Makes me sick to read this. How can a mother carry her baby for nine months and then still look after it for four months before 'disposing' of it like last nights left-overs. Women (if they can be called that) like this should be sterilised to avoid future dumping of innocent children. There are millions of women out here who struggle to have babies or women who have lost babies and then you get a coward human being like this one. To the dear women who was arrested I hope that you too are forgotten and you spend the rest of your life in misery. If you could not look after the little one anymore, you either should have NOT had a baby or at least made sure the baby was in safe hands. YOU ARE A TERRIBLE PERSON!

  • Snoopy - 2012-04-13 12:35

    Ja, Nee. Contraceptives are free, and abortions legal. But NO lets wait until the baby is 4months old, and then decide, OMG I don't want it anymore. Jy het op jou rug gele, nou kyk agter dit wat jy gemaak het!

      Karen - 2012-04-13 13:42

      What exactly is the difference between killing a baby in the womb (abortion) and killing it at 4 months? Both are murder.

      Bless Boswell - 2012-04-13 19:33

      What is the opinion on early termination of a baby conceived during a rape? Would the mother ever be able to accept that baby?

  • Gift - 2012-04-13 12:40

    Why have they not arrested the father also? A baby is from a mother and a father if the father skips, thats the same as dumping the baby! Its time the gvt took action against sperm spouting fools instead of having the general tax payer pay a child grant for some fool's 5 seconds of pleasure. Any lady applying for a child grant must supply the name and details of the spermer. If he's working he must cough up, if he's not working, the streets, taxi ranks and public toilets need cleaning.

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-13 12:42

      very good point !!!

      oddearring - 2012-04-13 12:51

      absolutely agree!!!!!!!!!

      phosa.peter2 - 2012-04-13 14:00

      Lol! disappeard just like 'joseph does after the birth of jesus..know you not chana??

      Shannon - 2012-04-13 14:14

      Gift for president!! Totally, completely and utterly agree. Sadly in some, if not most cases, the mother isn't sure which sperm donor is actually the father...

  • raegan.mcreed - 2012-04-13 12:43

    stitch this bi!ch up!! so cruel and inhumane , dont these neanderthals know about contraceptives, that 1 leg will always remain in the bush!

  • jackitribe - 2012-04-13 13:06

    What she did is unforgivable, but.... she is possibly suffering from Post-Partum depression and from what I know about the African Communities, this is not something that is discussed and acknowledged. The father has probably skipped town or has 10 other kids. She obviously has no support or help. I suffered very badly from 'baby blues' but I was lucky enough to have a sister with a clear head to help me and get me through the bad times.

      Charnelle - 2012-05-30 19:19

      Sorry, not a chance! Post Partum depression does not turn you into a baby killer, being a animal does! A woman (athough I do believe incubator is a better description for her/it) who does this to her own flesh and blood must burn! The moment you fall pregnant, the "you" factor falls away! According to Health 24 "Between 40 percent and 85 percent of all women experience the "baby blues," which usually lift quickly without intervention, says Ana Rivas-Vazquez, a psychologist with Baptist Health South Florida in Miami. They cause feelings of sadness, irritability, confusion and anxiety, and peak around the fourth day after delivery." So really??? Dont see 85% of women killing their children?? No sympathy for child murderers from me!

  • Jean - 2012-04-13 13:08

    Our mums!! we're your babies, dnt throw us away!!! plz.

  • Cassandra Olivier - 2012-04-13 13:14

    Were is the father of the baby

      phosa.peter2 - 2012-04-13 13:54

      He disappeard just like joseph disappeard after jesus was born.

      raegan.mcreed - 2012-04-13 14:51

      @phosa... i suppose you are a shembe believer, the same dude that died trying to fly off a mountain using banana leaves....''

      Nada Nozimbali - 2012-04-13 17:21

      @Phosa, Mary was a virgin when she was preggers with baby jesus!!!

  • Konapi - 2012-04-13 13:23

    Yhoooo, I wonder who is the father of the baby....or the father doesnt even know that he has a baby...ey things are happening in SA.

  • Shirley - 2012-04-13 13:25

    I can understand being too poor to look after it,I cannot understand how someone willingly leaves a life incapable of looking after itself to die!!!!! She will have all the excuses in the book but at the end of the day she is a cold heartless killer and should do the time for attempted murder and be sterilised!!!!

      Marion - 2012-04-13 15:50

      @Trurio ... all men who make babies and run away must be sterilized.

  • Heiku - 2012-04-13 13:25

    Find the father and lock him up too

      Nada Nozimbali - 2012-04-13 17:19

      So true!!! The father's get away scot free! So unfair!

  • dutoit.roodman - 2012-04-13 13:29

    This is very very sad... There are so many parents that are struggling at this moment to concieve, so many willing hands and hearts that will care for this baby in the wink of an eye. Local government should increase the awareness campains surrounding adoption and welfare that are available to support and assist these mothers. I cannot believe that any mother will willingly abandon a child to die if not faced with circumstaces percieved to be so bad that there is no hope... There is always hope!

  • Mbuyi Mabuya Maphalala - 2012-04-13 13:30

    This doesn't not seem to bemuse me maybe all of us, black people birth control please. Its all Juju's fault by enticing young children to reproduce, where is he now. 5 mins of pleasure and your whole is permanently ruined.

      raegan.mcreed - 2012-04-13 13:41

      ''and your whole permanently ruined'' W.T.F !

      Mbuyi Mabuya Maphalala - 2012-04-13 13:49

      Read along the lines please, your whole life.lol.

      Jayson - 2012-04-13 15:58

      I also saw that immediately. I had a good laugh. I'm glad we can see the humor in it.

      kensong.ben - 2012-04-13 16:59

      @mbuyi ..granted .julius might not be everyone best friend ,but for god sake stop helding accountable for all the wrongs our bro n sis r commiting . Dumping babies , promiscuity , know it all attitude are so pre -malema . @time give dat dude a break ...

  • Josie - 2012-04-13 14:02

    Well the ANC are very busy selling SA out to China. China has very strict laws regarding having children, so maybe China will step in and do the same here to what they did in China. I wholeheartedly agree go after the man who impregnated the woman, who knows is it was consensual or rape, but then again with the so called men we have in government, this will never happen.

  • Marriette - 2012-04-13 14:16

    y wld she do sumting lyk dat? there is no xcuse, family planning is free... n abortion is legal now, i mean really she has no heart, how cn u live with a baby for four months then throw it away, she shld go to prison for dat. ladies out there never learn, y dont we learn fron others mistakes!! i hope they dont gv the baby back coz she might jst kill it... sis man... COW!!!!

  • kensong.ben - 2012-04-13 14:34

    i assume she black , uneducated , unemployed n single . Has she been the opposite of any of , she would hv surely known that help n options r always readily available ... Quality education : that is what will save this country from his own demons.

  • Jacqueline - 2012-04-13 16:11

    SA should have Safe Haven laws like the US. A mother is safe from prosecution as long as she leaves the baby at a church, hospital, clinic or police station. They also have a program called Safe Surrender where a mother can call a number and medically trained personnel come to get the baby. It would make a huge difference in many of the mothers and babies lives.

  • desmond.leaner - 2012-04-13 16:32

    Whats better? Dumping your baby or letting them grow to five years old and then reversing your car into a river with the child still in it?

  • Grace - 2012-04-14 09:17

    She must be charged with child abuse, attempted murder and sterilised. There is NO excuse for unwanted pregnancies nowadays.. Even in the poorer communities. She had BETTER options than leaving a helpless baby in a bush!

      Simthandile Mpondo - 2012-04-14 12:49

      I agree with u Grace

  • Ernest - 2012-04-14 13:15

    The woman was arrested, that doesn't automatically make her guilty. Maybe the baby was taken and she was out looking for it when police found her? Don't see how people can get so upset based on such little information which excludes the woman's side of the story. Hope that there's a follow-up interview with the mother in the works?

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