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Police find letter with abandoned baby

2012-05-13 19:51

Johannesburg - A newborn baby girl wrapped in a blanket has been found abandoned at a dumping site in Mahikeng, North West police said on Sunday.

Brigadier Thulane Ngubane said the girl was found on Friday at 19:00.

"Police found a written note wrapped up with the baby. The note was written by the baby's mother."

Ngubane said the mother explained in the letter the baby was born after she had been raped.

"In the letter, she wished that the baby be seen by passing people, so they can assist her to raise the child as she cannot maintain the baby even though she loved her."

He said baby Tlhompo, as the mother called her in the letter, was taken to a nearby hospital where she was treated for dehydration.

A case of abandonment of a newborn baby was being investigated.

Comments
  • CharnĂ© - 2012-05-13 19:59

    Usually I would be disgusted and judge this woman, but my heart breaks for her and her baby!

      Michelle - 2012-05-14 07:46

      I agree with you BUT why not leave her where she is gteed to be found before she dehydrates such as a hospital, clinic etc

  • Mbeki Eric Buthelezi - 2012-05-13 20:20

    its always a case where everyone should sit down and examine your path. its sad to raise a child from such bad experience. babies are the blessing from God.

  • lmadikwe - 2012-05-13 20:21

    What touching is that the mother never killed her child to solve the inability to raise her child.

  • omphemetse.sejamoholo - 2012-05-13 20:51

    This is so sad.Atleast she didn't kill the innocent child and provided with reasons for her actions. May the baby grow up and live up to its name Tlhompo (Respect)

  • jgmentz - 2012-05-13 21:06

    Reminds me of the whole Freakonomics viewpoint of abortion, which goes that no mother would abandon her child unless she beleives that not having the child would be better for the child. Very sad, but the harsh reality.

  • Rethamyh - 2012-05-13 21:12

    The nerve of this woman! Did she not stop to think whilst writting that sob letter that her abandoned baby would also get raped?

      Mark - 2012-05-13 21:29

      the nerve of you to write such a nasty comment

      Mewik - 2012-05-13 21:43

      Yes Kensong, between news24 posts Rethamyh is out scouring dump sites looking for babies. Stop trolling please.

      Mewik - 2012-05-13 22:08

      You can work out that its an extreme illustration of what could happen to a baby that is left on a dump site. There is no intent or wish by the poster to rape a baby or have one raped, you know that so why you choose imply that Rethamyh would do such a thing who knows. Sadly babies to become victims of rape in SA on a daily basis, so its not impossible, therefore the comment is valid and there's no need for a troll response.

      Schmee - 2012-05-14 11:30

      My word, how people judge so easily. Rethamyh, you do have a point but I wonder whether this woman knows about the baby rape culture. She may not have access to newspapers the way we do. If I didn't read about things like that in the newspaper I would not have guessed that there are sick people like that walking our streets. Secondly she may have been so distraught that she was not in the right frame of mind to even think straight. Don't judge someone until you have walked a mile in their shoes.

  • Mewik - 2012-05-13 21:24

    Sure her story is sad, but has this woman not heard of an orphanage? I really can't feel sorry for anyone that puts a baby on a dump site it is just sick. At least the child is safe now, but it didn't have to be done in such a way that the child is placed at risk.

  • mmenzisco - 2012-05-13 21:44

    Shame poor Thlompo, may she grow and be stronger than her mum.

  • Abshai Ndlovu - 2012-05-13 21:54

    Why didn't she open the case of rape from the onset. She has to be locked in jail and the keys must be thrown away.

      dumisiledee - 2012-05-14 08:40

      How do you know she never reported the rape case? if she reported would the baby automatically disappear? stop trolling.

  • Abshai Ndlovu - 2012-05-13 21:54

    Why didn't she open the case of rape from the onset. She has to be locked in jail and the keys must be thrown away.

  • shaakieras1 - 2012-05-14 08:21

    wow! i am angered and saddened at the same time - that she would abandon her baby when all she needs is her mothers love! simultaneously my heart bleeds for this woman: that there are not enough places that she may have gone to for assistance...i dont know anymore! its clear she loves her baby and so so much... it takes tremendous courage and deep deep love to say "here take my baby i cant give her what she needs_ she deserves a happy life" its just sad man...breaks my heart...only prob i have is that she should have left her in a hospital or clinic...anyway by the Grace of God - baby is safe and may she grow into a healthy beautiful woman one day!

  • rechelleenvictor.heldsinger - 2012-05-14 11:19

    Its a really sad sad story, but she could have taken the baby to hospital, where someone could attend to her immediatly. Its just sad to hear about how many babies get dumped on a regular basis. Thats why we need to enforce a law, where you are only allowed to have 2 kids maximum, this will help so many people and South Africa.

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