Teen arrested for kidnapping newborn

2015-07-21 12:47
Nielen de Klerk, News24

Nielen de Klerk, News24

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Rustenburg - A 19-year-old woman, alleged to have abducted a newborn baby outside a hospital in Rustenburg, has been arrested, police said on Tuesday. 

The baby was born on Sunday at the Job Shimankane Tabane provincial hospital and she and her mother were discharged from hospital on Monday. 

The woman was waiting to be picked up from the hospital when they were approached by the suspect who congratulated her on the birth of her child, said Captain Paul Ramoloko.

The teen is believed to have offered the mother money to go buy food. 

"The mother, 31, then handed over her baby to the suspect in order to go to the hospital shop to buy food," said Ramaloko. 

"When she returned the baby and the suspect had disappeared. The victim alerted the hospital staff, who then called Rustenburg police." 

It was later established that the suspect had left the hospital in a meter taxi. Police followed leads to the Sondela Extention 22, near Boitekong in Rustenburg, where the suspect and the baby were found at a house belonging to the suspect's parents.

The teen's mother told police she had been surprised to see her daughter come home with a baby, as she had no knowledge of her daughter being pregnant. 

"The 19-year-old failed to respond when asked about her disappearance with the baby," said Ramaloko. 

"[She] was arrested and charged for kidnapping and is currently being detained at Rustenburg police station," said Ramaloko. 

She was expected to appear in the Rustenburg Magistrate's Court on Wednesday. 

The child's mother, who was not named, was happy to be reunited with her child. 

"I think I went blank for a while. This teen look so innocent to me. I can't imagine what her plans were with my baby," she said.

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