Missing baby found, mother arrested

2010-10-06 08:01

Cape Town - A missing Khayelitsha baby has been found dead and his mother has been arrested, Western Cape police said late on Tuesday.

"The breakthrough came after community members, three ladies, saw footage of the mother on the television. They recognised her and realised that she in fact took a baby into Greenpoint, between the shacks, and returned empty handed," said Captain Anneke van der Vyver.

The three women reported their information to the police, who immediately followed up on the information and interrogated the baby's mother.

"After the 18-year-old mother was interrogated, she took police to the spot where she dumped the baby. His body was covered with a corrugated iron plate," said Van der Vyver.

The six-week-old baby, Simamkele Baleni, was found in the informal settlement at about 21:30.

The mother was arrested for murder and perjury. She will appear in court soon.

The mother had earlier reported Baleni stolen, claiming that she handed him to a woman to hold while she used the toilet at the Khayelitsha Hospital, as she was told by the woman that the toilets were dirty.

She claimed that after she returned from the toilet, the woman and her baby were gone.

  • Pra - 2010-10-06 08:14

    why not consider adoption than to kill your own child?

  • The Truth - 2010-10-06 08:16

    What a pity that we no longer have the death penalty in this country.I would gladly flick the switch without remorse.

  • Janine - 2010-10-06 08:19

    I am absolutely horrified. As a mother of a small baby girl I could feel this woman's pain when the story broke. Today I feel sick to my stomach at the truth. Being a new mom is very hard, I can only imagine what she must have gone through to be driven to this point, but I have no sympathy for her either. There is always another answer.

  • Tebogo - 2010-10-06 08:19

    How can a person do such a thing mara

  • M - 2010-10-06 08:21

    This woman deserves a life sentence, I actually sympathised with her when i saw the footage on tv...she must be arrested

  • Xosh - 2010-10-06 08:21

    And here I am feeling sorry for the child's mother whilst watching the News last night only to find out this morning this was all an act from the baby mother's side. How can she be this cruel. Give a child up for adoption if you don't want it - don't murder. No matter her reasons, she must go to jail for a very long time.

  • WTF - 2010-10-06 08:21

    Not even wild animals will do this. What is going on!!!

  • nesh - 2010-10-06 08:22

    She must rot in th jail she is a killer

  • CrisisOfFaith - 2010-10-06 08:25

    We need a working social service system, one that these people can turn to when they need help. They need to be educated and informed that there are alternative ways of dealing with these issues. The desperation that this teenager must have felt to force her to commit such an act was obviously overwhelming. It's easy to bring the full force of the SAPS to bear on her after the act, but there was obviously zero visible support available to her.

  • Carol - 2010-10-06 08:25

    Let her rot in jail, please no bail for this monster.

  • Derek - 2010-10-06 08:27

    ust shows the desperation of the poor and marganalised women of our country. Where is the father? was she raped or coerced into sex? The "men" of our country are the problem in all respects- crime, violence, women and child abuse. Malema, at 18 she is part of your constituency. What is your response if anything? How do the ANCYL and ANC womens league help these desperate people? We all know the answer,

  • Cynthia Smith - 2010-10-06 08:32

    I really need someone to explain to me how a mother can actually kill the child that she gave birth too???

  • Tira - 2010-10-06 08:32

    What a tragedy. The poor girl must have been utterly desperate. So very sad for the baby and mother.

  • mahlatse - 2010-10-06 08:32

    i think she should be arrested for good how can she killed an innocent baby if she didnt want him she should have given him for adoption than killing him and there are so many people who want children and they cant find them she is so hartless and cruel she dont deserve to be a mother

  • real shame - 2010-10-06 08:35

    It's a really appalling that this has happened. Why do young people not think about the consequences of their actions?! And surely there are better ways to deal with an unwanted child than murder!

  • Livion Mahlangu - 2010-10-06 08:36

    How cruel can one be an innocent soul like this. If shr didn't want the child, why not terminate the pregnacy, even though i still regard it as murder, but maybe the embryo won't feel as much pain as a baby of six weeks. This cruel woman should have her womb removed so she won't conceive again. Let no man marry this awful creature. She is worse than a dog, a disgrace to the human race. May she forever have no peace.

  • Saleleni - 2010-10-06 08:37

    She deserves jail.Resources were falsely used to search for the baby, while they were supposed to be protecting the country, fighting crime ect.She wasted the taxpayers money.Imagine the people who were praying for the safe return of the baby and now this.It is disgusting.I felt the pain of a mother losing a child and now this,She is a ruthless , cruel person.

  • penny - 2010-10-06 08:37

    what a waste of resources looking for a child that its own mother had killed, i really dont care if she was suffering from baby blues or whatever, she had no right to murder her child and send the whole community and SAPS on goosechase, i bet she was going to claim child grant for dead child. Sterilize her now so she can have no more children, make that a part of her punishment. Harsh i know but it makes a mockery of mothering and the gift of a child

  • Shubi - 2010-10-06 08:38

    I saw this so called mother in the news last night. She did not look like someone that just lost a baby...

  • nomahlubi - 2010-10-06 08:39

    i'm just shocked....yesterday i was feeling sorry for this young lady who lost her 6 week old baby boy and now this....just cruel...why didn't she dump the baby at the clinic rather...why torture an innocent child...the way she was crying on TV...sies

  • Kerry - 2010-10-06 08:41

    it just makes me sick to my stomach how someone can do that.

  • Cleo - 2010-10-06 08:42

    really now! what does one say to this evil deed that the 18 year old woman has done? I hope you look for Jesus and find him, cause you seriosly need him in your life.

  • annemarie - 2010-10-06 08:43

    how tragic. Were they both perhaps victims of post natal depression?

  • Sharon - 2010-10-06 08:47

    It's sad that a young mother would do that to her own child. This is help out there for teenage mothers in distress. May his soul rest in peace.

  • C - 2010-10-06 08:51

    i said it a hundred time and i say it again. use protection if u want to have sex, if u want to do grown-up things. the children of today they just don't care. why did'nt she gave the baby to parents who really wants a baby. young women please be carefull and think about what u are doing to yourself and ur baby.

  • Clement Malembe - 2010-10-06 08:52

    she must get a life sentence we are sick of these sick teenagers who keep on dumping babies. life sentence will suits here!

  • Marcel - 2010-10-06 08:53

    So sad, no matter what the circumstance a mother should never hurt her own children like this...

  • Jo - 2010-10-06 08:56

    So so sad :(

  • Willem G - 2010-10-06 08:58

    The knee-jerk reaction by politicians is laughable - after the child was reported missing they immediately undertook to increase security at all hospitals!! They just never seem to learn to get the facts first and then open their mouths...

  • Anonymouse - 2010-10-06 09:00

    When i saw her on tv i didnt think she deserved pity as the story about handing over kids to strangers has been over done and now this

  • Samkelo - 2010-10-06 09:01

    And the i was when i was reading the Cape Times in the morning yesterday felt the pain for this women and yet she fabricated the whole story how unethical can she be killing the child damn i feel no remourse for her

  • elaine - 2010-10-06 09:03

    Disgusting. She most probably get away with some menial sentence - but sterlise the thing as she doesn't ever deserve the chance to be a mother again.

  • QUEEN - 2010-10-06 09:04

    I am so shoked because i though how can a women run away with someone else baby ,only to find out she is the murder of her own flesh.

  • Mom - 2010-10-06 09:04

    I am shocked to the core about this story. If the mother did not want this child, why did she not take the proper precautions to prevent the pregnancy to begin with. There is FREE contraception in the form of the pill, injections and condoms at clinics all over the country. She also had the option of abortion as an alternative to MURDERING a 6 week old baby. I think that she deserves to suffer as her 6 week old helpless and defenceless baby did. Sending her to prison will only give her the oppertunity to watch DSTV and probably improve her standard of living.

  • MJ - 2010-10-06 09:05

    When I saw this story on Late Night news last night, I actually felt sorry for the mother, that something SO terrible can happen.

    Today, I was proven wrong - again. I will never ever feel sorry again. Animal!

  • Jowie - 2010-10-06 09:05

    This is very sad, why don't women use protection or contraceptives to avoi falling pregnant and hurting innocent little souls. There are a lot of woman who would love to have children but they can't and people are killing their precuos gifts. She should rot in jail, i'd rather suffer with my kids than kill them. What suprised me was that she was busy smiling on TV and i asked myself a question why

  • Bernie - 2010-10-06 09:05

    What a desperate story! Why not take the child to a church or leave him in the hospital?? I am not sure who I feel more sorry for, the mum or this poor little innocent boy - may God show mercy on your soul...

  • JaxM - 2010-10-06 09:12

    What's interesting is that I noticed the identikit of the woman who allegedly stole her baby looked a lot like she (the mother) did. Who knows why this happened but there is no doubt that with a properly functioning Social Services this may have been prevented.

  • G Gal - 2010-10-06 09:13

    I just can not belive it. I was feel very sorry for this girl. And when i heard this OMG. There are ppl out that are desparet to get kid and they cant. And she had the nerve to pay mind game's with the police.The police were working very hard to find culprit and yet she was so cool say that she would give anything to the person that took her child. I must say she was very dum. She Could have used protection if she did not want that baby. What the Hell!!!

  • Kerry - 2010-10-06 09:17

    This woman should be sterilised, she is disgusting. That poor baby didn't ask to come into this world. It makes me so angry that people who don't deserve children have 10 that they don't look after & people who really should be parents can't have them.

  • Sarah - 2010-10-06 09:18

    Let him, who is without sin, be the first to cast the stone. Don't get me wrong, what she did was wrong. But you know what, God forgives sin. We don't know what pushed her to do this. And you, who has so much to say about everything, what are you going to do now, to prevent such incidents from happening again?

  • Pierre - 2010-10-06 09:18

    To fabricate such an elaborate story to explain her child's dissapearance means that she knew full well that what she did was very wrong and was driven by pure selfishness. Selfish to first seek an exit from her maternal responsibility and then selfish to escape punishment with no regard for her own flesh and blood. But women who seek an abortion are guilty of the same thing, except that the law protects them from killing their own flesh and blood because their child has not breathed air into their liungs yet. THIS WORLD IS SICK!!!

  • Steve Pilot - 2010-10-06 09:22

    Poor little sad mommy. Its all societies fault. Its all the bad men out there. Its all apartheids faualt. NOT! She killed her baby! More than 65% of the crimes reported on during 2008-2009 where theft from gov dept took place were committed by women! What has really happened is that our society is sick. When mothers, who were traditionally the keepers of morality and the teachers of right and wrong can no longer make out the difference for themselves. We are in deep trouble.

  • hannah - 2010-10-06 09:24

    The fact that she was clever enough to come up with a detailed and commonly used story to sell her plight says that this girl is not as silly or as desperate as you would think her to be, I feel there was definately premeditated decisions made where help could have been sought, yes this girl is guilty....

  • J - 2010-10-06 09:24

    @ WTF - wild animals do leave offspring. but thats another matter, it doesnt excuse this womens actions...
    what is scary is this happens all the time - women abondoning babies. I cant even begin to relate to how she must have felt being a new mother at 18, probably single and most likely in poverty herself. I just hope that through this story, some other deperate women realise they have options like adoption. may his soul rest in peace...

  • Pat - 2010-10-06 09:29

    I sympathise with this young girl and all others in similiar positions. This is clearly a symptom of a larger problem. This is nothing to do with right or wrong, she made the choice based on what limited resources and support where available to her. None of you are not fit to judge her since you know nothing of her context.

  • Roman-Lee - 2010-10-06 09:30

    How could she, how could she .......... agreeing with Sharon

  • Tarryn-Leigh - 2010-10-06 09:30

    WTF - I mean seriously, if you not ready to have a baby, use a DAMN condom! Why in heavens name would you wana bring a innocent child into this world just to kill it. She should really feel ashamed of herself. What has this world come to, at the age of 18 you should be focusing on school or work, not making babies you dont want. It is so frustrating, even watching the news last night, i felt so bad for her and sad, look now, hope she gets what she deserves!!! if she didnt want the Child, why not leave it at the clinic or infront of some1's house??????? atleast that way the child would of had a decent life, there are so many couples out there that cant have children and would give anything to have 1, then you get people like this Laaitie that wants to have a laaitie and kill it.... sies man, she should be ashamed of herself!!! Rem, god is watching and he will judge you at the end of the day.

  • Susie - 2010-10-06 09:33

    we don't know the whole story - the baby was reported as being at Red Cross earlier - maybe the baby was sick and died and the mom panicked. Remember how you felt at 18....and with no support..

  • VHUTSHILO KUNGANI - 2010-10-06 09:35