Kidnapped Meyerton toddler reunited with his family

2015-12-02 22:20
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Johannesburg - A 1-year-old toddler who was kidnapped from his home in Meyerton last week by a group of unknown men has been reunited with his family, Vereeniging police said on Wednesday.

Relebohile Tsotetsi was snatched from his bed by three armed men on Thursday night last week when his mother, who runs a funeral parlour, was on her way out of her house to collect a corpse.

Constable Maria Mazibuko said the child was spotted by a security guard who was on patrol, near a the petrol station in Vanderbijlpark on Wednesday morning around 01:00.

The child was wearing the same Spiderman pyjamas he had been kidnapped in, with a note attached to him. The note apparently had his mother's number written on it, Mazibuko said.

The security guard then called the police, who fetched the child. He was taken to a doctor to get medical check up and then handed to his mother.

The 36-year-old was apparently very emotional when she got the news.

"She was happy, she was crying and very grateful to have her son back," Mazibuko said.

On Thursday night, the woman had received a call from people who had pleaded for her to come and collect the corpse.

"She had just opened the burglary bar when the three men came and pointed a gun at her. They pushed her into the house and demanded the child," Mazibuko said.

The armed men forced her into the bedroom where they picked up a sleeping Relebohile.

"The other three kids and the mom were all then locked into the bathroom and the men left with the child. The motive for this kidnapping is not yet known," Mazibuko said.

The mother had separated from the children's father.

Investigations into the kidnapping will continue, Mazibuko said.

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