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Cape Town mom re-united with baby

2012-04-26 09:21

Cape Town - A Khayelitsha woman was re-united with her newborn baby boy in Cape Town after he was snatched by a woman pretending to be a social worker, Western Cape police said on Thursday.

Captain Frederick van Wyk said Xoliswe Magoda, 16, was visited by a woman on Tuesday who convinced her to go to home affairs with her three-week-old baby to apply for a birth certificate.

Magoda had to return home quickly to fetch something and the woman said she would look after the baby. When the mother returned, both the woman and her baby were gone.

Police tracked down the woman through her cellphone by pretending to be bank officials. They arrived at her address in Mfuleni and found her husband, who said his wife had gone to hospital to have a baby.

They eventually found her hiding in a wardrobe in her mother's house nearby, holding onto the baby.

"It was confirmed that it was in fact the missing baby, Asenathi Magoda, and arrested the suspect on charges of abduction," Van Wyk said.

The woman admitted that she had been pregnant but miscarried.

Comments
  • elaine.swart - 2012-04-26 09:30

    Watched too many soapies

      Boitumelo - 2012-04-26 09:46

      I second that!

  • JJ - 2012-04-26 09:39

    So many babies are abandoned and looking to be adopted...instead this woman decides to steal one?

  • mutaleaugustine - 2012-04-26 09:40

    thanks for all the hard work to who ever pushed this story forward this is the great story Officers thinks.I have no complaints I'm just great that the problems is solved and a baby she or he is in hands.

  • daniella.blazic - 2012-04-26 09:43

    WOW! What a blessing for the mom :)

  • Romy - 2012-04-26 12:56

    How many times the same thing has to happen to mothers for them to realise NOT to leave their babies with strangers!

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