Cop saves dehydrated baby from car

2011-12-15 14:42

Johannesburg - A 4-month-old dehydrated baby was rescued after the father and an aunt left the child in the car outside a shop in Maitland, a City of Cape Town official said on Thursday.

A member of the public alerted traffic officer Charlene Saaiman that a child had been left in a car outside the Maitland Shoprite complex on December 5, Chief Inspector Merle Lourens said in a statement.

"The infant was soaked with sweat, visibly dehydrated and crying... A car guard told Saaiman the child's father asked her to keep an eye on the child and alert him if there were any problems."

After numerous attempts to contact the father, Saaiman decided to force entry through the car's slightly open front passenger window.

"The force of pushing it down shattered the window," said Lourens.

Paramedics treated the child on the scene before the child was taken to hospital for further treatment.

"A charge of child neglect was laid against the father."

On Tuesday, a 34-year-old Vereeniging woman who allegedly left her two children inside a locked car at a shopping centre was released on R2 000 bail.

Shelly Khumalo was arrested last Thursday at the River Square Mall in Three Rivers, Vereeniging, and charged with child neglect, resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer.

Khumalo arrived at the shopping centre with four children at 14:00, leaving a 6-month-old baby and 2-year-old in the car.

  • Shirley - 2011-12-15 14:51

    wHAT DID WE EXPECT-THEY LET THE LAST CULPRIT OUT ON R2000.00 BAIL!!! Strong message was sent to future culprits!

  • Lana-May - 2011-12-15 14:52

    Sick crazy stupid useless people!!!!

  • Lorrin - 2011-12-15 14:54

    What is wrong with people - and they do this to animals too. Makes me ill

  • Janice - 2011-12-15 14:55

    SERIOUSLY!!!!! What the hell is wrong with these people??? I just dont get it!

  • helen.derobillard - 2011-12-15 15:02

    Some people have no brains at all, no matter how educted they pretend to be, this is just not normal for any careing parent

      Beverley - 2011-12-15 15:30

      helen this has nothing to do with education -- this is downright cruelty

      Gail - 2011-12-16 08:39

      Where was the mother? Why was the child with its father and an aunt. Perhaps the mother was working? Nevertheless it is an odd story that the aunt AND the father left the baby. Why didn't one of them stay with the baby? People who are not used to owning cars might not know that heat rises extremely quickly in a stationary closed vehicle. I do sometimes take my dog with me but leave the windows open so the wind blows through and ensure there is shade. She loves coming with me and I can't bear those sad eyes when I leave her behind. She is tagged and I ask the carguard to keep a special eye on my car. If it is a very hot day and I can't find shade I park underground and still leave the windows open. I must admit I would never have left one of my children in a huge carpark anywhere when I went shopping. I was too terrified they would be kidnapped.

  • Michael - 2011-12-15 15:05

    but you need a tv license.......

  • Annamrie - 2011-12-15 15:06

    Wys my sy gesiggie, ek trap hom plat as ek hom raakloop, verskooning vir 'n ouer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • litthauers - 2011-12-15 15:09

    What is wrong with people?!

  • Sharon - 2011-12-15 15:19

    He must be jailed .......wot is wrong with these parents ..........are they befudled

  • Melanie - 2011-12-15 15:23

    Do these knuckleheads never learn?

  • Cilla - 2011-12-15 15:26

    They're doing it all over. This morning I went to look at a flat and when I was returning to go down the ramp discovered a car illegally parked so I couldn't get out. Not only was the idiot illegally parked but there was a baby boy sitting there all on his own in the back seat; windows wide open. He could easily be abducted. People don't seem to care about their kids.

      berni.venter - 2011-12-15 16:24

      Cilla, name and shame... take a pic and post it on the net then CALL THE COPS!

  • Craig - 2011-12-15 15:29

    Boycott Checkers until they remove their pop-ups from News24.

      TheWatcher - 2011-12-15 16:12

      use firefox and install noscript. I haven't checked if it works on this site but it usually works for stuff like this. Its a pain in the bum to set up tho. It tends to block everything be default.

      JohnnyBGood - 2011-12-15 16:14

      maybe we should scoot on over to IOL ? boycott News2-odd... That will hurt them more

  • Lindiwe Skosana - 2011-12-15 15:29

    Poor little baby, such distress!

  • Toze.Pina - 2011-12-15 15:31

    When stupidity has criminal consequences shall be treated like a crime. Jail term and termination of parenthood rights at the very least shall be imposed.

  • Piet - 2011-12-15 15:39

    I really think it is a cultja thing this.

      Humble - 2011-12-15 16:26

      You mean "culture"... & what culture are you referring to since no race was mentioned?

      E - 2011-12-15 18:31

      No, @Humble, @Piet means 'cultja'. Someone with real culture (& it has nothing to do with colour) would not do a thing tlike this.

  • Randomhero6661 - 2011-12-15 15:39

    You my friend, you are stupid...

  • alexandra.nett - 2011-12-15 15:43


  • Humble - 2011-12-15 15:44

    instant sterilization! He's apprently too stupid to be a parent...

  • TheWatcher - 2011-12-15 16:09

    Stupid people shouldn't breed.

  • shane.mcbain - 2011-12-15 16:13

    I Don`t even leave my 7 year old alone in the car. This guy should not be called a dad in my eyes.

  • steveroodt - 2011-12-15 16:14

    Put him in a Sauna and throw away the keys

  • nishaatf - 2011-12-15 16:18

    For the l0ve 0f me how the hell d0 u leave ur 4 month 0ld child alone even for a sec , WHAT the HELl is wrong with the parent of t0day , and i bet they will also get bail of R2000,

  • Vusi - 2011-12-15 16:22

    send the mother to Tailand jail

  • nishaatf - 2011-12-15 16:26

    What we do need is China law here in South Africa, so that idiot like Darkie can be Dealt with , These parent makes me sick and people like DARKIE make me just as sick , and does it always have to come down to skin color just show how ignorant u are

  • Maurits Schultz - 2011-12-15 21:03

    F*ck me, but there are some really stupid people in this world! They should not be allowed to breed in the first place!

  • Toto - 2011-12-16 10:32

    Seriously what's wrong with people, they've been told one thing over and over again (not to leave a child in your car).

  • Aubrey - 2011-12-16 12:10


  • Jerome - 2011-12-16 12:15

    What a bunch of retards , lock them in car for few hours and see what happens , they crept out the shallow end of the gene pool ....

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