Baby’s body: link to kidnap probed

2011-09-30 00:00

PORT Shepstone police are investigating a murder case after hunters found a decomposed baby near Mhlungwa River in Hibberdene on Sunday. The case could be linked to a kidnapping that took place in Mtwalume in August.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Zandra Wiid said the infant’s head, leg and right foot were missing. “The baby was so badly decomposed, but appeared to be about five or six months old,” said Wiid. She said the sex of the child could not be established. Bone samples were taken for DNA analysis to compare with the DNA of the complainant in a kidnapping case.

According to the police docket, a 17-year-old mother told police she was on her way to church with her sister and sister’s boyfriend when her five-month-old baby was kidnapped. The complainant said the driver stopped the vehicle, pushed her out and then sped off with the baby on her sister’s lap in the front passenger seat.

The mother alleges that the sister was staying with her boyfriend in Durban.

“DNA comparison will now be done to see if the remains of the child found on Sunday, matches that of the complainant in the kidnapping case,” added Wiid.

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