Mother arrested for child neglect

2018-06-21 06:01

A MOTHER (32) of two from Umbhayi informal settlement appeared at the Verulam Magistrate’s court on Friday, May 7, after her child went missing last week.

The woman is accused of failing to pick up her children from a crèche.

The police arrested the suspect at her place of work on Monday, June 4.

It is alleged that the mother of the child dropped her three-year-old child at a crèche at Umbhayi area and did not come back to fetch her.

Police spokesperson in Tongaat Captain Patrick Ngwane said: “In the afternoon the owner of the crèche saw that nobody came to fetch the child since the child was alone and all the other children were gone. The woman never returned to fetch the child.

The owner of the crèche went to the child’s residence to look for her parents.

On arrival she found that the house was locked and no one was in the house.

She made inquiries and was told by the neighbours that nobody had seen her over the weekend,” Ngwane said.

Ngwane said the owner of the crèche tried to contact the father and could not find him.

“She reported the matter to area SAPS Tongaat sector commander Sergeant ZP Mkhwanazi who then mobilised the police and the community to conduct a search. While searching, the suspect’s second child (11) was found loitering in the informal settlement.

“An investigation revealed that the child had been seen by the community loitering in the informal settlement over the weekend and was not taken care of,” Ngwane added.

Police followed up on information that the mother was seen on Monday rushing to work.

The police proceeded to look for the mother of the two children at her place of employment.

She was found and, when asked by police about the child abandonment, she failed to give the police a satisfactory reason about why she had abandoned the children.

A case of child abandonment was opened and the woman was arrested.

She was detained at SAPS Tongaat police cells. The station commander Colonel Santha Moodley commended Sergeant Mkhwanazi for her commitment and dedication for ensuring that the children are protected.

- Supplied.

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