New home for dumped baby

2017-12-19 06:00
CCTV footage of a woman dumping a baby in St Joseph’s Road.

CCTV footage of a woman dumping a baby in St Joseph’s Road.

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Christmas could come early for a local paramedic after being called out to oversee an abandoned baby boy found in the Lansdowne area last week (“Baby boy abandoned”, Peoples Post, 12 December). The boy was found alive in St Joseph’s Road in the early hours of the morning by local community members.

The baby, believed to be a few weeks old and dumped by his mother, has been named after Alexander the Great and has hopefully already been blessed with a new mother. Emergency Medical Services (EMS) worker Mercia Esterhuizen, who responded to the call and checked the baby’s vital signs, is unable to conceive and now hopes to make him her own.

A woman was caught on CCTV footage dumping her baby in front of a house in Lansdowne. Sergeant Nkululeko Mnyaka of the Lansdowne Police Station says: “There are no new developments in the case at this stage. The baby’s mother has not been located anywhere. We would like to call upon people to come forward with information – if you know of someone who had a baby and suddenly you don’t see the baby, please report it to the Lansdowne police or call 021 700 9000 or 082 576 2804.”

Ward councillor Mark Kleinschmidt says: “This is a feel-good story. Ironically the story of the abandoned baby Alexander has turned out to be a good one. The paramedic who attended to him intends on adopting him. Alexander’s story, like those of baby Moses and baby Jesus, is a good news story to be cherished this Christmas season,” he says.

“We anticipate greatness for Alexander. He is currently being cared for at a place of safety, which is confidential due to the sensitivity of the case. The social worker has been to court and the case has been heard. The process will now begin in terms of him being a foster child of the state.”

“But I would implore the State to heed the request and I will support the request for the paramedic to be given the opportunity to be screened and tested, without fear or favour, so that she has the opportunity to adopt him.

“She has already made preparations with prams and baby clothing and more. She has fallen in love with baby Alexander and we support her in getting this opportunity to adopt.”

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