Nanny released on ‘free bail’ after alleged kidnapping

2016-04-21 06:00

THE nanny, accused of kidnapping two Albersville children, was granted “free bail” at Port Shepstone Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

The case was postponed to 15 May for further investigation.

Although withdrawn and traumatised, the two children who went missing last Monday, were returned safely to their family last Wednesday afternoon.

The siblings were found at a house in Louisiana with their nanny, Clodate Plyman.

The community of Louisiana and the area’s community policing forum assisted the SAPS with the search.

The children’s mother, Magrietha Nuwegeld said Shabbeena (3) had nightmares, while Ali (2) slept through the night.

“Shabbeena kept waking up and crying throughout the night. I had to comfort her.

“When I ask them questions about the ordeal, they become withdrawn and avoided the topic.”

Doctors examined the children and confirmed that both were healthy and had not been victimised in any way.

Plyman apparently went to visit her boyfriend in Louisiana and took the children with her.

“I had no idea that she had a boyfriend. When I asked her why she took the children she couldn’t answer me. The boyfriend was not at home when police found them,” said Nuwegeld.

According to Nuwegeld, Plyman said her boyfriend held her and the children against their will on Tuesday. They were apparently not allowed to leave the house.

“On the Wednesday when they were found, they were not locked in the house.

“She [nanny] could have brought the children home. She had no answer why she could not come home on Wednesday,” said Nuwegeld.

Plyman came from the Eastern Cape and was employed by Nuwegeld about a month ago.

She was instructed not to take the children anywhere.

“I’m just so happy that my children have been returned and they were not hurt,” said Nuwegeld.

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