Snatched baby safely back home

2016-03-01 11:04
Sergio Strydom (Picture: Supplied)

Sergio Strydom (Picture: Supplied)

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Worcester - A newborn baby boy snatched from Worcester Hospital last week is now safely back home with his mother, his father told News24 on Tuesday.

Sergio Strydom was 10 days old when he was taken from the maternity ward on Thursday.

Two women linked to the abduction were arrested in Ashton at the weekend and the newborn was returned to the hospital for medical observation.

His father Gerald waited patiently for the two to appear in the Worcester Magistrate's Court on Tuesday morning.

Whispering as court was in session, he said his son was discharged on Monday evening.

While waiting for the matter to be heard, a young woman was led up from the cells to the courtroom. Stabbing a finger in the air, Gerald sat up straight and whispered furiously: "Daai is die meisie wat hom gevat het!" (That is the girl who took him).

On Monday, the newborn's grandmother, Segria Pieterse, 53, said a young woman in the ward had introduced herself to her (Pieterse's) son and daughter-in-law.

“She said she loves the baby because he is very beautiful. She kept on staring at him,” the granny said in Afrikaans.

Her son left the hospital around 20:00. It was then that the woman apparently asked her daughter-in-law if she could take the baby to show him to her mother across the way.

“She told her no she can’t. Everything happened so quick. The baby was there and the next moment he was gone.”

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