Kidnapped girl back with grandmother

2011-12-05 09:41

Durban - The 10-year-old girl who went missing in Durban last week is back with her grandmother, KwaZulu-Natal police said on Monday.

“McKayla Rutgers has been placed back in the custody of her grandmother,” Captain Thulani Zwane said.

She was found unharmed in a flat in the Point area on Friday. She went missing on Wednesday after her mother Calene, who allegedly did not have custody of her, picked her up from the Seaview Primary School during the morning.

The mother was spotted by an old acquaintance who had learned through the media that police were looking for her and her 10-year-old daughter.

“We arrested Calene along the beachfront.”

She was expected to appear in the Durban Magistrate's Court on Monday on charges relating to the Child Care Act, Zwane said.

Rutgers's grandmother Leslie Raynard had custody of the girl.

  • leonie.drury - 2011-12-05 09:55

    What a relief, so glad she is safe and sound. Just a pity that now the mother has gone and opened a whole floodgate of trouble for herself...

      ivan.coetzee2 - 2011-12-05 10:01

      True, just relieved that she wasn't harmed in any way, or worse, traded to the drug pushers to "repay" mother's drug debt, afterall she (mother) did lie about her involvement in the abduction in the 1st place. Very sad situation all-round.

      JohnnyBGood - 2011-12-05 10:27

      Yay !!! Good news on a Monday !!! We need more good news...

  • Gregory - 2011-12-05 10:09

    May Calene now sort her s*it for once and for all. There is no need for her to NOT be a part of McKayla's life. The girl loves her, and I have NO DOUBT that she loves McKayla. But not like this young lady. Get yourself sorted and be a Mom, not only a mother. Both you and her, and all others whose lives are intertwined forever because she lives, will be affected by every action and reaction. You all owe it to HER, and she DESERVES to have as carefree and safe a life as you people, her family, can provide. Pride has no place, blame is worthless. So sort yourself and move on.................

  • pramika - 2011-12-05 10:39

    It's sad really. Sounds like a mother who justed wanted her child to be with her.

      MissGremlin - 2011-12-05 10:42

      loving your child, means that sometimes you need to take a step back, and let someone else raise her. Until such time as the mother manages to sort out her addiction and life, the child is better off with someone who can feed and educate her.

      Marion - 2011-12-05 11:19

      @pramika... sounds like a mother who never had custody of her daughter for some unknown reason. Everyone knows that the courts favour the mother unless the mother is grossly unfit. If she wanted her daughter so badly then she should never have done the things that had the child removed from her custody in the first place.

      pramika - 2011-12-05 13:07

      What I meant was that the situation was sad, not the child being found and given back to her grandmother, that is good news!

  • Chabie - 2011-12-05 11:18

    we glad they found her but what about the mother it seems as if she truelly misses her daughter....

      Rene - 2011-12-05 14:14

      If she truely misses her daughter, she should go about rebuilding her relationship with her daughter and mother the right way but checking into rehab, surrounding herself with the right people and getting a job. Easier said then done, for sure but if her heart truely desires to see her daughter she will do whatever it takes no matter how long or difficult it will be.

      Chans - 2011-12-05 14:23

      So happy this girl is found and safely back with her grandparents. Don't feel a bit sad for the mum, she is and addict and prostitute and so many times we see kids are being used as some pawn in their life's. And this woman has three kids, where the youngest is still a baby, have to question her motives in going for the oldest girl. Anyhow bravo to the old acquaintance in spotting this woman and calling on the authorities.

  • Shirley - 2011-12-05 11:23

    A happy ending to a degree. However it saddens me to think of the emotional trauma this poor child must be going through. Yes shes home and safe but the scars are there. Parents who do things like this are selfish,they dont think of the long term damage this does to young children. I shudder to imagine what she witnessed whilst with her mother.

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