Still no case for 'kidnapped' Durban girl
Lauren Hess, News24
Cape Town - By Tuesday afternoon, Durban police had yet to open an abduction case for a 10-year-old girl who had been kidnapped by her mother who is allegedly a drug addict.
According to police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane, police did not open a case because McKayla Raynard was snatched by her biological mother and the little girl’s grandmother could also not prove that she had custody of her.
Raynard was abducted from Seaview Primary School.
Zwane told News24 he was unsure if investigating officers had been informed of mother’s alleged drug addiction. She is also apparently a prostitute.
He said they want to speak to the child’s mother to “get her side of the story”.
McKayla’s aunt, Siobhon Raynard, said that the number plate of the vehicle - an Opel Corsa - in which the child was kidnapped was swapped with that of another vehicle. Both the Corsa and the other vehicle, a Toyota Hilux are registered to an “A Atuhaire” and to an address in Shrimptail Road in Rochard’s Bay.
The registration on the Corsa is NRB-62310.
McKayla, who has a dark Indian complexion, was last seen at her school between 10:30 and 11:00. She is about 1.4-1.5m tall and was described by her grandmother as “a bit stroppy”. She has black hair and dark brown eyes.
Her mother, Calene Bianca Rutgers, is between 1.5-1.7m tall, between a size 30-32, has black hair and dark brown eyes and was last seen wearing a red dress. Raynard’s grandmother described her as being “dark”.
Siobhon Raynard told News24 that the grandmother has not yet got permanent custody of the child because the court is still trying to speak to Rutgerf but have been unable to contact her.
“First she has a phone, then doesn’t. First she has an address then doesn’t. She’s unfit to be a parent.”
She said that all she wanted was for her niece to be safe at home.
Raynard said that if members of the public have any information they can phone the Bellair police on 031 451 2826. Police also said that they could be contacted on 031 451 2804.