Wandering toddler's mom granted bail

2014-04-15 17:28
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Johannesburg - A 19-year-old woman whose son was found wandering on the N1 freeway near the Grasmere off-ramp was granted bail in the Vereeniging Magistrate's Court on Tuesday, said Gauteng traffic police.

"She was granted R500 bail on today [Tuesday], her child remains at a place of safety," said spokesperson Busaphi Nxumalo.

The 19-year-old mother is originally from Orange Farm and faces charges of attempted murder and child abandonment.

She was arrested two weeks ago at night after her 16-month-old boy escaped being hit by a truck while walking along the freeway.

Traffic police patrolling the N1 noticed a truck swerve and then saw the child walking on the freeway at around 19:00.

Police suspected that the child had been left there as there were no houses nearby.

The woman is expected to appear in court on 20 May.

- SAPA
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