Cape father appears over baby left in car

2012-02-08 18:22

Cape Town - A Cape Town father appeared in court on Wednesday on child abandonment charges after a 9-month-old baby was left locked in a parked car in Wynberg.

Eyewitness News reported that the man, Cebo Ncube, 33, appeared briefly in the Wynberg Magistrate's Court where the case was postponed until March.

A passer-by heard the baby crying in the busy parking lot and contacted police on Tuesday afternoon, said Warrant Officer November Filander.

The baby boy was locked in a car with the windows closed near the public library in temperatures of up to 26°C.

At the time, Ncube’s wife was at the department of social services. She was taken in for questioning, but was later released.

The car window had to be smashed to get the baby out of the hot vehicle.

According to EWN, the magistrate warned Ncube that the matter was serious.

The case was postponed for further investigation. The trial will be transferred to the regional court.

Ncube was released from police custody.

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