My relative stole my baby - Hammanskraal mother

2015-12-02 12:29
Khanyisa Khoza with her little baby. (Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

Khanyisa Khoza with her little baby. (Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

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Pretoria - “I will never forgive her. My own relative stole my child.”

The mother of the 1-month-old Hammanskraal baby who was snatched from her bed has vowed never to forgive the 20-year-old relative arrested for the crime.

Reliving the events, Khanyisa Khoza said she did not suspect anything would go wrong on that fateful Thursday as she sat and watched TV with her relative, who she had grown up with.

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“I put my child to bed just after 20:30 and continued watching TV with her. After Muvhango ended at 21:30, I said I was going to sleep and she asked to use the toilet and then left afterwards,” said Khanyisa.

The young mother went into her room and covered her child with a blanket and dozed off, not knowing that in a few hours’ time, her life would be turned upside down. While she was sleeping, her 74-year-old grandmother woke up to go to the toilet.

‘He was gone’

She saw the baby’s blanket on the floor and saw the bedroom door opened. The grandmother went inside to ask why it was on the floor. Not seeing the child on the bed, she woke up the mother to ask why it looked like she was sleeping on top of the child.

“I told her I was not. I then realised the baby was not on the bed and we started looking for him but he was not there. He was gone,” said Khanyisa.

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In a state of panic, 74-year-old Modjadji Khoza started looking for the child under the bed. She then went through the rest of the house but to no avail.

“I saw that the main door was not locked and I went outside to look for him. I went to look in the rubbish bin and the shack behind the house but he was not there. We started crying and the neighbours came,” said Modjadji.

Joined by the community, the search intensified and police were notified of the child’s disappearance. The family went to the police station to report the matter. The next day the search continued with a sniffer dog brought in.

No logical explanation

Modjadji said while they were still trying to figure out what had happened, members of the community went to the relative's house to look for her. They did not find her there but demanded the family get in touch with her.

“Her family called her and said people were looking for her. She told them she wouldn’t be able to come on the Friday. On Saturday morning, she went home and she had the baby with her."

She could not give a logical explanation of why the baby was with her, the grandmother told News24.

READ MORE: Another baby snatched from her mother at Home Affairs office

Community members informed the police and she was subsequently arrested. The toddler was taken to the clinic for a check-up and was declared healthy. Following the ordeal, Khanyisa has left the family home in Mandela Village and gone to live with her aunt in Kanana.

“I was devastated after what happened. I was very scared of being in the house and particularly in my room. It was just too much for me,” she said.

Khanyisa and her grandmother both said they would never forgive the relative for the trauma she caused them.

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